Gathering moss is not for Icewater Scandal; they are constantly percolating with ideas. They take what they have accomplished before redefining it and then heading for new horizons. Their first album travels over new territory from their debut EP released under the AM Radio moniker. Though still filtered through their concept of taking 60's experimental music a la the Dream Syndicate et al, and merging that with the elan of 80's indie rock; No Handle is at times more muscular and other times more cerebral, without losing any flair. Part of this can be attributed to their producer Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. Recorded and mixed at SY's studio, Echo Canyon, there has been great care in getting the sound just right. Recorded, mixed and mastered all on analog equipment was a decision that allowed no ones and zeros to come between what was played and how the band wanted it heard. This foursome go from the almost jaunty Muddy Blue to the ambient heaviness of Shiny Gold to the catchy groove of Banana Ssplat without showing any seams. They are willing to let their intuition lead them, no looking over shoulders. It is a confidence that is born by the music. No Handle is sure to also carry you along with it.
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