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Artist: Ice Cream Mission to Mars (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Toy Moon Music
Rated: *****
Ice Cream Mission to Mars is the work of Will MacLean, who was previously in Variety Lights. After a few listens, I am still at somewhat of a loss as to how to describe Ice Cream Mission To Mars. The label describes the album as 'a trip to the roadside attractions of the red planet. Recorded with a collection of vintage analog synthesizers. Synthpop, psych, glitch, ambient.' This is techno, but it's not the kind that you dance to. This is glitchy and jerky with fat analogue synth lines, while at other times this is sparse synth improvisation. Some of this could well be futuristic advertising music because it is in very short chunks of music reminiscent of The Residents' 'Commercial Album.' In fact these compositions share the Residents' whimsical quality. It's a lot of fun and doesn't seem to take itself too seriously. So here's the best I can come up with: imagine that the Residents and Oval were given Front 242's drum machine, all the Moog synthesizers they could ever need, and locked in a studio and forced to collaborate on a new techno concept album about the 1950s space race as they subsisted on a diet consisting only of psychoactive mushrooms. If this sounds good (and it should), pick this one up. This album weighs in at around 24 minutes, which is pretty impressive for a disc with 10 songs that isn't punk or noise.



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