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Ava Luna : Ice Level

Ice Level cover art

Multicultural Brooklyn septet Ava Luna made something of a splash at last month’s CMJ music marathon in New York, leading quite a few impressed gig-goers – and yours truly – to check out their largely-overlooked debut album, released back in February via Infinite Best Recordings. Ice Level, which you can listen to at the group’s Bandcamp, recalls TV On The Radio and Dirty Projectors, albeit less beat-driven than the former and considerably heavier than the latter; like Dave Longstreth, frontman Carlos Hernandez stands amidst a mini-choir of female backing singers that adds a sweet, soulful edge to their angular avant-rock. The band themselves claim influences as diverse as Prince and Bauhaus, an unlikely blend that – somehow – works brilliantly; listen to the throbbing “Wrenning Day” below.


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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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