Ice Choir, and Afar, could have easily played their love of '80s synthy pop as a joke, but they didn't and that makes the album a real treat for fans of the era.
Far from being just another 80’s sounding record in a year full of 80’s sounding records, Afar manages to dive headlong into its influences and come up for air with its identity mostly intact. But make no mistake, it does sound like an 80’s synth-pop record, just a more passionately justifiable one.
There’s a lot to admire here, especially how authentic a lot of the synth textures are, but in the end unless one is really keen to the music of the ‘80s in its most unadulterated form, Afar will be a dangerously cheesy experience.
The level of cliched borrowing on Ice Choir’s debut is high, and it lacks serious diversity.