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Bella Union’s Private Pressing Announces Release of Icebeing’s New Album “Striped” Due June 30th

May 21, 2023

Bella Union’s Private Pressing Announces Release of “Striped” by Brighton DIY Artist Icebeing

Bella Union’s Private Pressing label has announced the June 30th release of DIY artist Icebeing’s album, titled Striped

 The project is the work of prolific Brighton-based multi-tasker Luke Phillips, whose recording output over 10 years has numbered almost 30 albums, released online under different names. Icebeing is his newly outgoing, song-based front: “My first conscious effort at making pop music,” says Phillips. The albums announcement is marked with the release of first single, ‘Channel What I Was Feeling’, listen below.

The new track immediately hooks the listener, pulling them into the midst of this tonal odyssey. A world of impertaibative textures, a soulful charm from the vocal melodies and this illustrations atmosphere channeling some serious 60s feel good vibes. The inventive production allows Icebeing to truly bring experimentation to the forefront of this dynamic release, a track that shifts it’s structure and intensity throughout.

A dreamy arrangement that provides these complex layers and melcholic melodious movement to shine. The abudnace of percussive elements, rhythmic hooks and overall packed with this unseasonable warmth. The track delivers on this pop bounce whilst allows lo-fi commitments, ferocious fuzz and this revitalized character to keep the audience fixated on the mesmeric feel of this composition. In the heat of this heavier scale track, this air of freedom and rebellion cascades from the integral tonal choices and blazing energy captured from start to finish.

Restless and direct, dissonant and infectious, Icebeing’s Striped is DIY laptop music of a vividly multi-faceted stripe. Striped touches on themes of “losing time, wasting youth, missed opportunity and retreating to the comforts of childhood”. But it also brims with life, a controlled cacophony of distorted riffs, organ wheeze, tumbling drums, shiny synths, scrunchy samples and more: essentially, indie-pop self-reflection taken to the funfair of ’60s psychedelic exploration with a bedroom-load of modern tech. “I wanted it to sound like a goodtime,” says Phillips. ‘Channel What I Was Feeling’ couples ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’-ish rhythmic loops with an Elephant 6-grade melody. ‘A Figment’ showcases Phillips’ vaulting vocal leaps, while ‘King of Pyrotechnics’ rises to titular expectations over two brisk, buoyant minutes. Naked in its sonic imperfections, immersive in its detailed evocations of environment, Striped reflects the home-recorded circumstances of its gestation even as it reaches out to new horizons. Between noise and melody, introversion and extroverted sound, the result is a thrillingly distinct and searching vision, willed into exuberant, honest-to-goodness being.

1. They’re Holding

2. Channel What I Was Feeling

3. A Figment

4. Then

5. One Shadow & Fly

6. King Of Pyrotechnics

7. Sidewalk 1

8. Everything Goes Blind

9. Correctional Shoes 

Pre-order Striped HERE.

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