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Saddle Creek's Icky Blossoms fall short on their debut

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 16:06

Icky Blossoms

Icky Blossoms

(Saddle Creek)

Grade: C

There are certain record labels that trigger an immediate response from me, and Saddle Creek is one of those. They have such a neat back story and family tree of artists that I now associate them as Omaha’s sound. Granted, I’ve never been to Nebraska before, but its residents do have plenty of local pride.

Icky Blossoms is one of the label’s newest bands. As Omaha natives, the trio caught Saddle Creek’s eye.

At first, singer Sarah Bohling voice seems androgynous and could be mistaken for Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, but after a couple listens she comes into her own.

Initially, part of me wanted to blindly accept that anything coming out of the Saddle Creek family was something I should be interested in. Sadly, Icky Blossoms did not stand up to its label’s legacy. In any case, it just rehashed more of the same.

Ten years after The Faint released its quirky, dark, electro-sythn-pop album Danse Macabre, Icky Blossoms picked up their style and ran with it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it wasn’t executed correctly.

For instance, the song “Sex to the Devil” is downright annoying. The synthesizers sound like horrible fire drill sirens blaring and whining incessantly. Bohling eventually ends up chanting the song title, and it turns into more of an insufferable mess.

“Perfect Vision” drags on for nearly seven minutes and doesn’t have much to it. The single “Babes” sounds like a parody of itself. It just assures females that they’re all fabulous “killer babes” (on the dance floor, mostly, from what I understand.) Really? Come on.

The one redeeming song on the album is “Heat Lighting,” a subtle and catchy tune that strips down the unnecessary electro layers and proves Icky Blossoms has more to offer: perhaps, their own style.

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