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
Terriers (#1–10 of 2)
The season finale for the FX detective show Terriers is titled “Hail Mary.” It’s a name that speaks to desperation: not just of the characters in this masterfully-plotted, pitch-perfect drama, but to the chorus of television critics and the show’s creators. They’ve been exhorting people to pay attention to a series that was almost doomed straight out of the gate by an obscure title and confusing marketing. Terriers is this season’s best show that no one watched, but there’s still time to correct that oversight.
While the glut of police procedurals on television today assume all unsolved crimes result from insufficiently applied forensic wizardry, Terriers recalls an earlier tradition of crime story. It’s got shades of noir and The Rockford Files, of finding some kind of justice on the fringes. Coming from Shawn Ryan (creator of The Shield) and Ted Griffin (writer of Ocean’s Eleven), this show takes the well-worn television staple of the detective story, pares it down to the lean muscle, and grinds its face in the dirt a little. The result is a character piece that’s sharp and desperate in all the right ways.