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Ice Level [Digipak]


  • 1. No F
    2. Ice Level
    3. Stages
    4. Wrenning Day
    5. Sequential Holdings
    6. Down-Right
    7. Year of Mirth, A
    8. Calculus
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BEST 008CD

  • Credits
    ProducerAva Luna
    EngineerGary Olson

    Personnel: Carlos Hernandez (vocals, guitar); Anna Sian (vocals, synthesizer); Felicia Douglass, Becca Kauffman (vocals); Nathan Tompkins (synthesizer); Julian Fader (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Ava Luna; Gary Olson .
    Recording information: Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn (08/24/2011); Staple Design, New York, NY (08/24/2011); Trinity Korean Methodist Church, Brooklyn (08/24/2011); Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn (08/26/2011-08/27/2011); Staple Design, New York, NY (08/26/2011-08/27/2011); Trinity Korean Methodist Church, Brooklyn (08/26/2011-08/27/2011); Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn (10/24/2011); Staple Design, New York, NY (10/24/2011); Trinity Korean Methodist Church, Brooklyn (10/24/2011); Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn (11/12/2011); Staple Design, New York, NY (11/12/2011); Trinity Korean Methodist Church, Brooklyn (11/12/2011).
    Following a string of EP releases, Ice Level is the claustropobically elaborate full-length debut from Brooklyn-based indie cold funk collective Ava Luna. Taking inspiration from the late-'70s Ze Records hybridization of funk and No Wave, or the like minded freak-disco of 99 Records acts like ESG, the eight songs on Ice Level are all slick, slinky, and wiry numbers. The nervy R&B compositions are fronted by brainchild/N.Y.C. producer Carlos Hernandez and augmented by stunning vocal arrangements from Felicia Douglass, Rebecca Kauffman, and Anna Sian. The album is an in-depth study in tension and release, sometimes on a micro level, aiming for the skeletal instrumentation and directness of something like Lizzy Mercier Descloux's disconnected grooves. Complex vocal harmonies bracket almost every verse beautifully la Dirty Projectors, and the songs' lack of any type of hooks or pop sensibilities isn't a problem, as they get by on the power of the vocal interplay and liquid nature of the playing. ~ Fred Thomas

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