ICE BIRD SPIRAL: PSYCHIATMC BLOEMS
The new Ice Bird Spiral release "Psychiatmc Bloems" is now available - a ltd hand-numbered cassette-tape available from our pals over at the ever-wonderful Flemish label Funeral Folk.
The Funeral boys have done us proud on the art front: the css is packaged in classic trad.brol FF house-style, a sort of scissors n glue take on faux-gothic-medievalism. Long term readers will be aware that I'm a huge fan of the label and their various bands n sub-projects, so I'm completely over the moon that IBS are now part of their catalogue.
It would be churlish and, er, thoroughly bad-form for me to review our own release (tho I'm sorely tempted lol - still, any volunteers?), so all I'll say for now is that it consists of a single long piece that is sub-divided - concept-album style! - into a series of interwoven sections, each of which has a different vibe or musical mood. A few brave souls who've checked it out have described it as sounding kinda 80s Brit.Industrial-ish in places, but with a fucked-up Pysch undertow. NWW has also been mentioned as a reference point, which is incredibly flattering. Of course, none of these things were even faintly or consciously intentional - basically, we just get on and do what we do lol - but I totally get what they're saying and why they're saying it.
Some other IBS releases are fairly imminent. Each of which sounds completely different to the next, wh/ is very exciting to me; I really can't work out where this is all going. I think we should write a musical next lol.
Anyway, please grab a copy from the Funeral Folk guys and while you're there snag some of their other stuff; I totally recommend it - that is, if you can find anything that hasn't sold out! - please support this brilliant and idiosyncratic label. (plus our kids need some new shoes) We'll be selling a few copies from our own site at some point later in the year - but go direct to the label to score 'em there first.