Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Show preview: Icarus Himself at The Whistler, 12/2

Posted by Sasha

Icarus Himself's newest EP Mexico has been garnering some nice press since its release in May, and rightfully so, as it's a marked step up for these Wisconsin locals. Not only have they added a third member, they've let their electronic predelictions take more control, allowing themselves to tangle their guitars with waves of synth. IH advertise as psychedelic, but there's more urgency here than that label usually suggests. Their sound is more hammered into the earth than it is floating on the air, fully driven and edged with angst. Mexico slaloms between carnival whirls and hard folk squalls, carving a groove that's equal parts Beirut and Bright Eyes. It's convincingly weird, a darkened shade of folktronica comfortable in its eccentricity.

Newly touring as a three-piece, Icarus Himself will be playing The Whistler on Thursday, December 2nd. Chicago's The Single Helix will open. The show starts at 10 p.m. and it's a 21 and over venue.

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