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Icebeing Releases New Album “Striped” Out via Bella Union’s Private Pressing

June 30, 2023

Icebeing Releases New Album “Striped” Out via Bella Union’s Private Pressing

Bella Union’s Private Pressing label has released today, June 30th the new album from DIY artist Icebeing. The new 9 track album is 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.

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.

Striped provides this experimental and kaleidoscopic journey. This vast odyssey of tumultuous textures, abrasive feedback, explosive vocal notes and complex rhythms awaits. From start to finish this album captures the vivid energy of Icebeing, the colour of this collection is equally as impressive as the audacious spirit. The entire release welcomes this essential voyage of soulful charm. A release with the most expressive hooks and melodies, meandering through softer passages to more intense peaks. The inventive production allows Icebeing to truly bring experimentation to the forefront of this dynamic release, through each track sat in this album, the journey shifts and showcases this immense structure and intoxicating vibe. The album presents this compelling placement of lo-fi harmonies, ferocious fuzz and this electrifying air.

Get Striped HERE.


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