"My World Was Made For You"
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My World Was Made For You is the debut album from The Icypoles, four gals who call Melbourne home but might just as easily shimmy into a Godard dance scene or serve up a slice of pie at the Double R Diner *.
Produced by Haima Marriott (Architecture in Helsinki), My World Was Made For You is a collection of thirteen taut tunes to take you through a lover's landscape of playful celebrations, pensive reflections and dreamy feelings.
With heart bedazzled on sleeve, The Icypoles revel in the fun and fertile relationship zone bookended by flirting and commitment: 'Staying Home' ponders a love-drunk inability to leave the house, whereas 'Settle Down’ provides the sobering antidote, "Our lives together will have to wait for the right time". 'Babies' goes one step further, meditating on the cycle of life, and may well be the most startlingly earnest thing to happen in pop music since The Shaggs hatched their Philosophy of the World.
Having become a familiar fixture on Melbourne's inner-north stages, and with two previous releases (2009's Getting Ready cassette and 2011's Promise to Stay 7" EP), The Icypoles' musical adventures can be traced back to the early ‘00s, with half the band finding their formative footing playing horns and trinkets in an early incarnation of Architecture in Helsinki.
Eschewing that band's off-the-wall maximal approach, however, The Icypoles set raw sentiment to the most bare-boned of arrangements: clear, wistful female vocal harmonies give way to playfully crafted bass, guitar and percussion interplay, like if Phil Spector were stripped of his Wall of Sound and started producing Marine Girls 45s.
* Hell, they even conjure up a cover of the saucy Twin Peaks ballad 'Just You'!
1) You Make Me 2) Babies 3) Gotta Stop It 4) Round n Round 5) Just You 6) Stayin’ Home 7) Tararara 8) Happy Birthday 9) Popular Boy 10) Don’t Fall in Love With Me 11) Settle Down 12) Love Thy Will Be Done 13 ) Hearts
"There's a sense of loving, yet ultimately knowing, naiveté to the music of Melbourne band The Icypoles. 'My World Was Made For You', the band's debut album, harks to the simplistic sound of bands like indie stalwarts Beat Happening. The juvenile essence of their 1988 masterpiece 'Jamboree' is out here in full force, spun around into something more akin to the stylisation of a set of nursery rhymes. However, this music is often unnerving, perhaps hinting at something missing; an undercurrent of dissent is continually offset with a sunny, joyous disposition.
Perhaps it would be best to consider The Icypoles' debut as a kind of cross between Beat Happening and the iconic New York lo-fi trio Vivian Girls, who similarly cited harmonising girl groups in their music. Likewise for The Icypoles, certain tracks, like album intro 'You Make Me', come across as slowed down revisions of '50s doo-wop. Yet it's not just simply anachronistic; their songs are lyrically peppered with brash and forthright advances or rebuffs, the latter perhaps best surmised in the grounded 'Settle Down'.
The real highlight is the a cappella-led 'Babies', effortlessly distilling life into a ripping yarn. Structured around that downright compelling vocal, the music swells and reverberates around as the tale develops into something past the point of wonderment and loving ambition. The vocal disappears as the tale becomes full circle. It's the best example of proving that this Australian quartet, half of which were once involved in the bombastic Architecture in Helsinki, have created an album that is at once charmingly disarming and delightfully subversive." This is Fake DiY
"This is quite a sweet thing......if you like 1950’s/60’s girl group stuff and The Moldy Peaches.
The band, some formerly in Architecture In Helsinki, are obviously completely in love with the naive doo-wop pop of the era but play their retro-vintage tunes in the manner of a group with more in common with the minimal pop of Young Marble Giants. Everything is played nice and quiet with soft percussion, gently plucked bass and guitar and whispered vocals. On opener ‘You Make Me’ singer Isobel Knowles is whispering sensually into my ear and is making me come over a little funny inside. Its lovely. ‘Babies’ is kind of Kimya Dawson type clap-a-thon juvenile pop, ‘Gotta Stop It’ is pure beehive call and response 50’s fun and they have a habit of following something pretty and nice with a nursery rhyme. I can see what they are trying to do with ‘Round n Round’; the ‘wheels on the bus’ style opening gives way nicely into a glorious slow melancholic section but its a little overly twee for big men like me. On ‘Just You’ they veer into a slo-mo version of the type of stuff Adventures In Stereo did quite successfully a few years back, at other times they sound like the Shangri-La's trying to play their own instruments.
Yes there’s some clunky bits but there’s enough gorgeously breathy heart-melting moments to make up for them." Norman Records
"Somehow “twee” has become a musical epithet, sort of like telling hipsters they’re hipsters and watching them storm off in disgust at your philistinism. Even though it’s true that purveyors of twee often come with certain grating affectations—you could just look out the damn window to see if it’s raining, Zooey—the term need not automatically be a pejorative. In fact, it shouldn’t be: in a culture saturated with irony, there’s something to be said for bands like the Icypoles, who make music that’s gentle, earnest and a little dreamy.
The foursome from Melbourne, Australia, embodies all of those qualities on their debut, a collection of 13 warm pop songs with an air of understated intimacy. The group favors a minimalist approach, relying on barebones arrangements that sometimes consist of just vocals and guitar, with touches here and there of keyboards, bass and tip-tap drums. The songs have a hushed quality, as if the band is playing them in someone’s bedroom late at night and making an effort not to wake up the people sleeping down the hall.
Opener “You Make Me” is a shy ode to infatuation that consists mostly of murmuring voices and the slight tug of a bass, while “Just You” sways subtly, evoking vintage girl groups with a faint, circular keyboard vamp and whispery call-and-response vocals. Things get a bit brighter on “Gotta Stop It” as guitar and bass wind around each other, and on the coy “Happy Birthday,” which pairs four-part harmonies with trebly reverb guitar. The harmonies, here and elsewhere, are at times charmingly inexact, lending a handmade feel to the songs that’s belied by how carefully constructed they are.
Things get a tad cloying on “Babies” as singer Isobel Knowles traces life from being a baby in search of her mother to telling a lover, “I want to have your baby.” The band is better on songs that are cute, not cutesy, like the bouncy “Tararara,” or the wistful “Stayin’ Home,” a moony tune that pines for an absent crush. It’s twee for sure, and in this case, that’s very much a compliment." Paste