Thursday, September 14, 2017

Recording: Ice Cream

Artist: Ice Cream

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Longboat Hall (Camp Wavelength – Night 2), August 19, 2017.

Ice Cream - unknown

Since 2009, the summer Wavelength festival has been a highlight of the season, slowing down the hectic "festival experience" to an Island pace and making the whole thing as much about the vibe and the location as the (always well-curated) music. When this spring's floods shut the Island down, there was a ripple of apprehension from many quarters at the loss of favourite summer hangs, culminating in the festival decamping to the mainland. The WL crew did an excellent job in emulating the festival experience in the outdoor/daytime portion, but it was harder to feel the same sense of relaxation and freedom in a bar.

I hadn't checked in much with Ice Cream over the past year since the release of their Love, Ice Cream album. That made it especially pleasing to hear a set packed with new songs, some of which is switching the old material's icy distance for some more hands-on emotions. This extended groover of a set-closer sees Carlyn Bezic putting down her guitar to take over synth duties while Amanda Crist steps up to be the frontwoman/vocalist — and there's more where that came from.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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