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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