A big hug from a stormy northern friend in a in a time of existential crisis. The new guitarist brings a shot of energy to a band that has toured relentlessly. But it is Jakob and those killer bass lines that really shine. Impressive bonus acoustic. Must see live.
Favorite track: The Holding Hand (Acoustic).
Released earlier this year to critical acclaim, Seek Shelter is Iceage’s fifth album and first for Mexican Summer. The record saw Iceage’s propulsive momentum pushing them in expansive and ecstatic directions, with Sonic Boom (Pete Kember of Spacemen 3) on production and the addition of another guitarist. The digital-only special edition sees the band experiment with stripping down three of Seek Shelter’s heavy hitters (“Vendetta,” “The Holding Hand,” and “Shelter Song”), revealing their cores inside these alternate sonic worlds.
Pitchfork praised Seek Shelter as “an ominous transmission from a band who can summon a storm like few others” as well as “their most inviting album to date,” while The FADER called it “terrifyingly good” and Treble Zine named Iceage “one of the best rock bands of the past ten years.” “Every one of their releases could be described as their most ambitious and accessible album yet,” said Stereogum, “and Seek Shelter is no exception, full of their biggest and most anthemic rock songs to date.”
The rawness of the acoustic format lends a new vulnerability to the songs as they’re transformed into outlaw soundtracks, quiet anthems, and wistful ballads, with Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s voice shining above it all. It’s a fitting close to the Seek Shelter chapter – a collection of songs radiating warmth and a profound desire for salvation in a world spinning further and further out of control.
released November 12, 2021
All music written and arranged by Iceage
All lyrics by Elias Bender Rønnenfelt
Produced by Sonic Boom, Nis Bysted, and Iceage
Mixed by Shawn Everett
Mastered by Emil Thomsen at ET Mastering (Aarhus, Denmark)
Recorded at Studios Namouche (Lisboa, Portugal) by Joaquim Monte and Bernardo Centeno
“Vendetta (Acoustic)” and “The Holding Hand (Acoustic)” recorded at Sauna Studios, Copenhagen
“Shelter Song (Acoustic)” recorded in Grapehouse Studios, Copenhagen
Choir on “Shelter Song” and “Love Kills Slowly” performed by Gospel Collective (Ana Mendes Reis, António Gomes, Gabriel Silva, Selma Uamusse)
Violins on “Shelter Song,” “Love Kills Slowly,” and “The Holding Hand” performed by Nils Gröndahl
Piano on “Drink Rain,” “Gold City,” and Vocoder on “Vendetta” performed by Anders P. Jensen
Horns on “Vendetta,” “Dear Saint Cecilia,” and “The Wider Powder Blue” performed by Kasper Tranberg (trumpet), Mads Hyhne (trombone) and Ned Ferm (tenor saxophone)
Additional recording at Grapehouse Studios (Copenhagen, Denmark), Sauna Recording Studio (Frederiksberg, Denmark), and Viktoria Studios (Copenhagen, Denmark) engineered by Nis Bysted and Oliver Matthew Volz
All songs published by Crunchy Tunes (BIEM/NCB)
Cover photo by Fryd Frydendahl
Group photo by Inger Rønnenfelt
Artwork by Jakob Tvilling Pless and Elias Bender Rønnenfelt
Layout by Bailey Elder
Thanks to Lea, Iris, Asta, friends & families, Sergio Hydalgo, ZDB, Escho and Brad Traux
supported by 6 fans who also own “Seek Shelter (Special Edition)”
amazing lyrics, thank you isaac thank you so much. athens, france and sunglasses blow my mind off. they are unique, punchy and written in such a clever way. +bonus for funny references thrown in. overall very memorable and well-rounded instrumentation. oh scurvy