July 23, 2013

Sound Bites: Icona Pop, Male Bonding and SISU

Icona Pop's "All Night"

Swedish bubblegum sensations Icona Pop were once just a pseudo-indie pop act flirting under the mainstream’s line of sight with their 2012 self-titled EP, but with last summer’s Charli XCX-scribed hit “I Don’t Care (I Love It)” hitting a big time target Stateside this year on FM rotation while soundtracking more slapstick movie trailers than necessary and becoming cover fodder for Titus Andronicus, the duo have transcended that mark. It’ll be interesting to see if the larger exposure has any impact on their next step when Icona Pop releases their debut album This Is… Icona Pop on September 24th via Record Company Ten / Big Beat. “All Night” is the LP’s lead single, a radio-ready anthem that continues to keep Caroline Hjeit and Aino Jawo's dance-heavy synthetic euphoria alive with an immortal message. The two will support the debut in August and September with a tour across the U.S. that kicks off at this year's Lollapalooza.

Icona Pop - "All Night"

Male Bonding's "Frustration"

The regular rollout of new music from Male Bonding isn’t letting up four weeks since they started posting new song with little detail attached through their YouTube channel. What all of this is leading up to, we still don’t know, but the latest listen “Frustration” is a throwback to the UK noise-pop trio’s early fuzzed-out formula unlike recent previews “It’s Called Structure,” “The Itch” and “That’s Your Lot,” which ventured elsewhere in the punk landscape ranging from post- to surf. The band’s last album was 2011’s Endless Now, so it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to assume these tracks will encompass a new full-length that will be released on their own Paradise Vendors Inc. label.

Male Bonding - "Frustration"

SISU's "Return the Favor"

SISU is the solo outing of Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu which she put on the back burner a few years back so she could put her all into the San Fran noise-pop group, but with some downtime between her main act's next move, Vu went back and revisited the project, recorded the short Light Eyes EP released earlier this year and is now readying the arrival of SISU's debut album Blood Tears, due out September 27th on the NYC-based label Mono Prism Records. "Return the Favor" is our first indulgence off the effort which sees Vu remaining attached to the Dum Dum's dreamier aspirations, but achieves her own dark identity by running them through a high-octane cold anti-pop filter with a frigid poise behind the mic. Vu will be taking SISU out on the road this fall when she opens for Dirty Beaches during the experimental pop artist's upcoming U.S. tour.

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