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May 20

Doors: 7:00 pm /

Show: 8:00 pm

14.00 / Day Of : $16.00

Plowing Into The Field Of Love is the third album from Copenhagen’s
Iceage. It is new, bold and forceful. Channeling the rage and emotion of
their tempestuous early releases into finely honed musicianship, Plowing
Into The Field of Love features piano, mandolin, viola and organ atop Johan
Suurballe-Wieth’s razor-sharp guitars and the lolloping, synchronized
rhythm section of Jacob Tvilling Pless and Dan Kjær Nielsen. The record has
a clear, uncompressed sound, and Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s desperate vocals
are out front, nakedly accountable for the words.

On this album, Rønnenfelt sings of what it is like to be out in the world,
dizzy with its offerings, perched on a plateau of false confidence, bliss,
fantasy and delirious self-denial. The autobiographical “Forever,” for
which Iceage have shared the video today, begins with a pretty repetitive
motif over the words, “I always had the sense that I was split in two,” and
climaxes with a sunburst of horns recalling South African spiritual jazz
great Mongezi Feza: “If I could dive into the other, I’d lose myself
forever.” At the other extreme, the album evokes a sort of euphoria,
especially in the unexpectedly upbeat country number “The Lord’s Favorite.”
Yet desperation and loss lurks behind. This is an album about seeing,
learning, and rejecting things, in a cycle that repeats and builds. The
reference points are wildly varied, but the sound is uniquely and darkly
Iceage as the record fights with itself, in the story it tells, and the
sound it makes. It is not, however, a remotely difficult record. It is the
anthemic sound of a band in motion, unafraid of change, filled with
curiosity, musicality and ambition.

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