Posts Tagged ‘Ikons’

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IKONS “Africa”

04:48 PM

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After “Guns” and “Slow Lights“,”Africa” is already the third video single from the mighty, but nameless debut album of Gothenburg-SRVC six-piece IKONS. Once again it’s Swedish director Patrik Johansson, this time with Eyal Shachar, who’s taking us away into his gyroscopic association beteween Lord of the Flies, a post-apocalypse scenario, literally energizing music and, finally, Werner Herzog. From the latter eventually comes the intro quote  “The collapse of the stellar universe will occur—like creation—in grandiose splendor.”, which Herzog himself already prefixed to his 1992 movie Lessons of Darkness and back then credited French baroque moral philosopher and physicist  Blaise Pascal with it. And just recently the German film maker returned to his words in the highly to be recommended essay On the Asolute, the Sublime and Ecstatic Truth, published within the winter issue of  US-magazine Arion.

IKONS live:
12.08. Way Out West, Gothenburg, Sweden
02.09. Monsters Of Pop, Helsinki, Finland
04.09. Debaser Slussen, Stockholm, Sweden

Ikons (album review)

02:58 AM

When six men get together in Swedish city Gothenburg and name themselves IKONS*, which is Swedish for icons, one should know he or she is dealing with a self-fulfilling prophecy from now on. After we already praised the brilliant “cosmic 8-minute long instrumental krautrock anthem” alias “Slow Light” on this site, we can’t help ourselves but do the same thing with their new debut album without title, which gets opened by the previously mentioned song.

Here IKONS do perform a nine-songs-strong vibrant on the entire almost asleep rock’n’roll circus, while drawing sonic parallels to the Horrors latest full-length.

Most of the songs share the same key structure: First the six-piece creates looping wall of sound slowly growing thicker and thicker till a keyboard or guitar breaks into it. And whenever this kicks off again, it will somehow feel like listening to Can, Space’s “Magic Fly” or Air‘s Moon Safari for the first time and somehow it will feel completely different from that, too. It’s a ongoing and thrilling trip to outer space and the next transcendental level. No wonder, that the cherished genius of Dan Lissvik of Studio did mix the album together with Alex Palmestål of Pistol Disco.

Sounding rough and beautiful at the same time, IKONS manage to pull you into a vision of the future which seems to be closer to the 1960ies/70ies’ notion of the post-millennium life, than to our modern societies clean and ambient styled version of the future. But fast you’ll discover that this music is timeless. Call it retro futuro** if you like.

And the album has with “Bye” a, in a broadest sense, typical Swedish, but resounding rock’n’roll song, too.

Still it has its tough moments around the middle and you will find some repetitions from time to time, but in the end you get a record, that’s rather outstanding not only in terms of style, but of quality from the majority of current music releases.

Ikons (no title) is out now as CD, vinyl and download via Service Label.

*The band features also an video artist.
**The real Retro Futuro is a great promoting agency here in Berlin.

Ikons “Slow Light”

03:23 PM

ikons slow light

After “Guns” (which saw the light of day nearly one year ago) here comes the second foretaste of what according to Swedish Service label “may be the best album we ever released”. It’s the music video to “Slow Light” by Gothenburg six-piece IKONS from their debut album of the same title.

Looks a bit like creator Patrik Johansson put this still life – including a globe, a skull, a bouquet, a pair of maracas, a zils and some grapes, books and candles – into the corner of flat around 3am with a party behind his back in its last throes.

So there’s nothing really happening here except some light show. Still this and – above all – this cosmic 8-minute long instrumental krautrock anthem the video was made to are enough  to lead you to a different sphere.

The record by  IKONS will be released as CD/LP on Service in January 2010. Luckily Service will start streaming the record on their site already on December 1. See the video and the tracklist of the album (or better said: it’s back) – including “Guns” and “Slow Light” – below.

ikons album back

This may be the best album Service ever released.