'My World Was Made For You' (May 6 / Highline Records) is the debut album from The Icypoles, four gals who call Melbourne home but would just as easily fit into a Bande à Part dance scene or be happily serving cherry pie at Twin Peaks' Double R Diner.*
Produced by Haima Marriott (Architecture in Helsinki), My World Was Made
For You is a collection of thirteen taut tunes to take you through a
lover's landscape of playful celebrations, pensive reflections and
With heart bedazzled on sleeve, The Icypoles revel in the fun and
fertile relationship zone bookended by flirting and commitment: "Staying
Home" laments a smitten crushee's love-drunk inability to leave the
house, whereas "Settle Down" sobers things up somewhat and provides the
pragmatic ultimatum, "Our lives together will have to wait for the right
time." "Babies" goes one step further, pondering the cycle of life, and
may well be the most startlingly earnest thing to happen to pop music
since The Shaggs hatched their Philosophy of the World.
Having become a familiar fixture on Melbourne's inner-north stages, and
with two previous releases (2009's Getting Ready cassette and 2011's
Promise to Stay 7" EP), The Icypoles' musical adventures can be traced
back to the early 00s, with half the band finding their formative
footing playing horns in Architecture in Helsinki.
Eschewing that band's off-the-wall maximal approach, however, The
Icypoles set raw sentiment to the most bare-boned of arrangements:
clear, wistful female vocal harmonies give way to playfully crafted
bass, guitar and percussion interplay, like if Phil Spector were
stripped of his Wall of Sound and started producing Marine Girls 45s.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
*Hell, they even conjure up a cover of the TV show's sultry ballad "Just You!"