our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
buy it: here
Seventy-two minutes of dark-flavored hard-house
from Chicago's Saidas Blistribas, also known as Saidux. It's just
him in his recording studio, with what I'm sure are a LOT of expensive
computers or robots or something (actually, Sonia Roselli does
get to whisper some sweet nothings on two tracks). Sometimes,
this is a recipe for disaster; one-man-band electronerds have
a tendency to disappear up their own egos. But Saidux breaks the
curse by crafting a solid album.
On first listen,
I wasn't sure that Icemoon was much of anything special:
no one screamed at me about how great roofies are, there were
no harsh slamming sounds, and I never once suspected that my player
was skipping. I immediately dismissed it as safe -- but
the record started to grow on me a LOT by listen #2. Its four-on-the-floor
thump renders it eminently danceable, and the textures are interesting
enough that you don't really worry that there's not a lot of melody
here. I'm partial to the gorgeous "Forest Without Trees (Heart
Beats Weird)" and the Kraftwerkian morse-code of "Butterfly
(We Will Fly)," but the songs without parentheses are great
nowhere near the cutting edge, but that's fine in this case; every
other band who tries to meld hard-house with "experimental"
influences ends up just sounding crap, so far. And it's just his
first record, so maybe that will show us what he's capable of.
In the meantime: stop thinking and DANCE!
liked Ice Moon...
1. Cubic Sun
3. Glass Gate
4. Forest Without Trees (Heart Beats Weird)
5. Icemoon [Cubic Mix]
6. North Port
8. Butterfly (We Will Fly)
9. Ocean Blue
10. Time Loop
11. Icemoon (Alien Child)