In November, “Ice Cap,” the closing track to his new album “Tentacle Grip,” was released. Dealing with the pandemic wasn’t easy for anyone, and life during it isn’t what we used to define as normal. That’s why dealing with any emotional complex is twice as traumatic, so having a break-up of a long-term relationship at such a time must be difficult. The single is about the process of moving on and strongly says, “I’ll be miles away by the time you turn away.” It doesn’t say that it will be easy or joyful, but that’s what’s going to happen anyway.

The single’s artwork speaks for itself, elaborating on the mental effort to find some peace. It’s brilliant to give the impression that the song is being played from a cassette tape; it adds an authentic touch, and the flipping tape sound gives the impression that the final chapter of the story is about to be told. Along with the guitar riffs and steady rhythmic bass that offer fuzzy emotions, his vocals express pain but have a hypnotic feel to them. The song won’t bring you joy, but it will make you think about a tough stage in life and will draw you to listen to the rest of the album.

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Viola Karmy

 

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