It's a record that keeps the listener on his toes. The group trades vocalists and styles like a tilt-a-whirl version of musical chairs. One track they're reminiscent of latter-era New Order, while on the next they pull out a moody indie rock number with insistent synths, and yet on the next one they create a pulsating dark dubby cut appropriate for the dankest warehouse club. But the band doesn't tip the balance by trying to do too much in one song. Each song is a self-contained universe. In theory, it should sound like a scattershot mess. Instead, it all hangs together remarkably well. Even amongst the various elements, there's a sense of unity.
Part of the reason behind the cohesion may be the steady hand of Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) on the production board. Or perhaps it's the fact that the record has a moody, dry undercurrent. However, it may just be that each member plays his or her position extremely well. So if Bohling needs to channel Kim Gordon in "Kool Thing" mode for "Babies," she's going to sell it like the rent is due tomorrow. Pressnal knows just how much and when to use his guitar and when to lay back and let the rest of the band do the work. It's the type of self-awareness and restraint that other bands still struggle with on their fourth and fifth albums, so it's astounding that Icky Blossoms have hit the mark on their debut. It will be exciting to see where they go next, but Icky Blossoms has enough nooks and crannies to dig into for awhile.
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LP / Deluxe LP / CD / MP3