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 ICEAGE - SEEK SHELTER
Released:7/5/2021
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ICEAGE - SEEK SHELTER

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On Seek Shelter, Iceage's fifth album, the band's eternal edge bares signs of elegant vulnerability in their most expressive songwriting and expansive production yet. Romantic piano balladry, invocations of patron saints, and a gospel choir are but a few elements that constitute a new emotional palette ripe for the psychedelic flourishes of Sonic Boom's (Pete Kember of Spacemen 3) production and Shawn Everetts mixing (Haim, The War on Drugs, Kasey Musgraves).

A decade on from New Brigade, an instant punk record made by four Danish teenagers that came out of nowhere and inspired total devotion around the world, Seek Shelter — Iceage's fifth LP and first for Mexican Summer — is proof that their lives are still happening through their music, and that they remain determined to harness it. Enrolling Sonic Boom (Pete Kember of Spacemen 3) to produce, Seek Shelter sees Iceage's propulsive momentum pushing them in new, expansive, ecstatic directions. The sound of an emotional core unwound, Seek Shelter radiates warmth and a profound desire for salvation in a world that's spinning further and further out of control.

Seek Shelter, the band's first record made with an outside producer, is the place they have been called to next. The LP was recorded at Namouche, a dilapidated wood-paneled Lisbon radio studio of 1960s vintage where the band set up for 12 days. It is the longest time they have spent recording a record. Steady rain dripped through the ceiling; they had to arrange their equipment around puddles and slowly-filling buckets covered in cloth so that the sound of droplets wouldn't reach the mics. Sonic Boom arranged garden lamps from a nearby party store for mood lighting in the high-ceiling space. A choir, the Lisboa Gospel Collective, joined the band for two tracks on the final day in the studio providing a new scale to Rønnenfelt's incantations.


On Seek Shelter, Iceage's fifth album, the band's eternal edge bares signs of elegant vulnerability in their most expressive songwriting and expansive production yet. Romantic piano balladry, invocations of patron saints, and a gospel choir are but a few elements that constitute a new emotional palette ripe for the psychedelic flourishes of Sonic Boom's (Pete Kember of Spacemen 3) production and Shawn Everetts mixing (Haim, The War on Drugs, Kasey Musgraves).

A decade on from New Brigade, an instant punk record made by four Danish teenagers that came out of nowhere and inspired total devotion around the world, Seek Shelter — Iceage's fifth LP and first for Mexican Summer — is proof that their lives are still happening through their music, and that they remain determined to harness it. Enrolling Sonic Boom (Pete Kember of Spacemen 3) to produce, Seek Shelter sees Iceage's propulsive momentum pushing them in new, expansive, ecstatic directions. The sound of an emotional core unwound, Seek Shelter radiates warmth and a profound desire for salvation in a world that's spinning further and further out of control.

Seek Shelter, the band's first record made with an outside producer, is the place they have been called to next. The LP was recorded at Namouche, a dilapidated wood-paneled Lisbon radio studio of 1960s vintage where the band set up for 12 days. It is the longest time they have spent recording a record. Steady rain dripped through the ceiling; they had to arrange their equipment around puddles and slowly-filling buckets covered in cloth so that the sound of droplets wouldn't reach the mics. Sonic Boom arranged garden lamps from a nearby party store for mood lighting in the high-ceiling space. A choir, the Lisboa Gospel Collective, joined the band for two tracks on the final day in the studio providing a new scale to Rønnenfelt's incantations.


A decade on from New Brigade, an instant punk record made by four Danish teenagers that
came out of nowhere and inspired total devotion around the world, Seek Shelter — Iceage's
fifth LP and first for Mexican Summer — is proof that their lives are still happening through
their music, and that they remain determined to harness it. Enrolling Sonic Boom (Pete
Kember of Spacemen 3) to produce, Seek Shelter sees Iceage's propulsive momentum
pushing them in new, expansive, ecstatic directions. The sound of an emotional core
unwound, Seek Shelter radiates warmth and a profound desire for salvation in a world that's
spinning further and further out of control.
In an extraordinary and unexpected run following the release of their debut LP, Iceage went
from the fertile hyperlocal Copenhagen scene to stages all over the world. Their recordings
reflect their journey: 2012's You're Nothing was hard, fast and raw, a bold doubling-down on
the aggression of youth in the first record as well as the weight of expectation. Plowing Into
the Field of Love (2014) and Beyondless (2018) saw a softening of the band's hardest edges
and the arrival of a certain world-weary vaudeville in the Iceage sound. The band's past two
records — all filtered twangy guitar riffs, sparse piano arrangements, and slinky, slowmoving rhythms — ventured into an intoxicated but knowing swirl, surveying the party at the
end of the night. They'd seen it all, at least once, and their music rode the crest of that chaos.
Seek Shelter, the band's first record made with an outside producer, is the place they have
been called to next. The LP was recorded at Namouche, a dilapidated wood-paneled Lisbon
radio studio of 1960s vintage where the band set up for 12 days. It is the longest time they
have spent recording a record. Steady rain dripped through the ceiling; they had to arrange
their equipment around puddles and slowly-filling buckets covered in cloth so that the
sound of droplets wouldn't reach the mics. Sonic Boom arranged garden lamps from a
nearby party store for mood lighting in the high-ceiling space. A choir, the Lisboa Gospel
Collective, joined the band for two tracks on the final day in the studio providing a new scale
to Rønnenfelt's incantations.
Singer and primary songwriter Elias Rønnenfelt casts their new producer as a sparring
partner, another wayward mind to bounce ideas off of. “We wanted a partner that had some
noise that we didn't have, more a wizard than a producer. We thought he'd be that kind of
wizard for us, and we were right — he came in with a truckload of strange equipment that
we'd never seen before.” Kember, reflecting on the session and reaching for his highest
praise, describes Iceage as “fucking show offs, like everyone who was ever great and
emotional and honest.”
“Writing a song is like trying to find a space where you can make something that's been riled
up and down through the years feel like it belongs to your present moment,” says
Rønnenfelt. This record, written in a single week's long session of isolation with journals from
the past two years, is a summation of life through this period of time. “It becomes an
amalgamation of ideas and impressions of things that you've been provoked by or had to
live through. You end up with something that is a rough, blurry perspective of what that
period of time was like, a mishmash of personal struggle that is shaded throughout by a
world that seems more transparent in its inherently cruel ways.” Romance and desire, as
described in “Love Kills Slowly” and the album closer “The Holding Hand,” are feelings that
stretch torturously — a race without a finish line.
What precisely makes an Iceage song is still a mysterious thing, and the band wishes to
maintain this protean quality. “If there's ever a point in our history when something in the
songs starts to seem easy but doesn't really excite us that much, we just discard that shit
right away,” says Rønnenfelt. With Seek Shelter, they've managed to hold onto this core of
total presence and constant risk while writing their most ambitious songs. Even Rønnenfelt
was surprised with what they were able to create together. “I think when we started we were
just lashing out completely blindfolded with no idea as to why we were doing anything.” He's
speaking of the new record and also of their entire existence as a band, a travelogue that
has catapulted these four friends far past the horizons of punk. “Some of that we wanted to
remain intact. We try to keep the mystery. If theres no sense of mystery in it for us, then its
not fun.” Seek Shelter is a record that now exists at a moment of a collective unknown, when
every beating heart wonders what will happens next.

1. Shelter Song
2. High & Hurt
3. Love Kills Slowly
4. Vendetta
5. Drink Rain
6. Gold City
7. Dear Saint Cecilia
8. The Wider Powder Blue
9. The Holding Hand


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