Ice Choir - Afar

Ice Choir - Afar
CRITIC SCORE
67
Based on 7 reviews
2012 Rank: #497 / 759
USER SCORE
82
Based on
2 ratings

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80
Spin
Spin
Pains of Being Pure drummer gorgeously produces retro techno-pop with extra 3-D sheen, Keats-inspired lyric gush.
73
Pitchfork
Pitchfork
The past isn't just on Feldman's mind-- it could be very well on his side, too.
70
AllMusic
AllMusic

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.

70
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

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.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes
Tiny Mix Tapes
We might wonder how Keats’ line applies to revivalism itself: to what extent are the shambling hordes of back-from-the-grave genres “spoilt by use”?
50
PopMatters
PopMatters

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.

40
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

The level of cliched borrowing on Ice Choir’s debut is high, and it lacks serious diversity. 

DJ Drama - Quality Street Music
#496
The Megaphonic Thrift - The Megaphonic Thrift
#498

DETAILS

RELEASED: July 24, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Underwater Peoples
GENRE: Dream Pop
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Track List
  1. I Want You Now and Always 
  2. Teletrips 
  3. A Vision of Hell, 1996 
  4. Bounding 
  5. Two Rings 
  6. Afar 
  7. Peacock in Tall the Grass 
  8. The Ice Choir 
  9. Everything Is Spoilt By Use
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Added on: June 23, 2012