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House Playlist: Ice Choir, Four Tet, & Fang Island

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<em>House</em> Playlist: Ice Choir, Four Tet, & Fang Island
<em>House</em> Playlist: Ice Choir, Four Tet, & Fang Island

Ice Choir, “Teletrips.” In no way an adversarial offshoot of the Justin Vernon/Collections of Colonies of Bees collaboration Volcano Choir, Ice Choir pays tribute to Kurt Feldman’s longtime infatuation with the mostly mellow, agreeably radio-ready new-wave bands of the ’80s and early ’90s. “Teletrips” is culled from the band’s forthcoming album, Afar, and it sounds as if someone crammed Tears for Fears, Talk Talk, Simple Minds, and the like into a blender and sprinkled in generous dashes of chillwave. The result is all shimmery and excessively veneered, with soothing synths and Feldman’s soft-spoken, nostalgia-inducing vocals rendering the track a successful exercise in symphonizing popular genres of the past and present. Mike LeChevallier

House Playlist Beach House, Burial + Four Tet, & Lemonade

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House Playlist: Beach House, Burial + Four Tet, & Lemonade
House Playlist: Beach House, Burial + Four Tet, & Lemonade

Beach House, “Myth.” Beach House seems to have known from the beginning what they wanted their music to sound like, and their past three albums are devoid of major stylistic departures. So why does this band keep surprising me? “Myth,” like Teen Dream’s best tracks, is only startling for how good the band has gotten (again), for how much more emotional nuance and audiophile drama Beach House can wring from the foundational interplay of Alex Scally’s luminous guitar patterns and Victoria Legrand’s glass shard of a voice. Sounding warmer and less austere than anything from Teen Dream, “Myth” is also a bit weightier, gentle enough that you can let it wash over you harmlessly, but still deep enough to drown in if you had a mind to. Matthew Cole