Minus the Bear Planet of Ice

Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
When they first emerged in 2001 from the ashes of Botch, Kill Sadie and Sharks Keep Moving, Minus the Bear quickly garnered a reputation as "that tapping band with disco beats and funny song titles.” The band were respected but also pigeonholed immediately. Their second full-length release, 2005’s Menos el Oso, saw them take a pretty significant step away from the clichés of their earliest recordings and with Planet of Ice, they have managed to cement themselves as startlingly original purveyors of epic-sounding, technologically-aided math pop, with heart. Opener "Burying Luck” sound most similar to their former selves, with its cutting chorus, start-stop feel and slick-voiced dance party. Still producing head-scratching guitar parts with songs like "Knights,” the band are at their best when they allow themselves room to play, as on the six-minute-plus "Dr. L’Ling.” Moving from slow, gentle atmospheric pop to virtuosic prog rock guitar/keyboard battles, the song highlights the best the band have to offer. A little harder to get immediately into than past releases, Planet of Ice presents a band worth dedicating some time to as they continue adding new layers of sonic depth to their peerless genre mash-up.

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(Suicide Squeeze)