RIYL: Cursive, These Arms are Snakes, As Tall As Lions, Rx Bandits
Label: Suicide Squeeze
Nearing two decades as a band, Minus the Bear has consistently been in the studio and on the road. Known for their intricately written yet easily accessible music, they’ve come to gather a kindred fan base among casual listeners and vinyl collectors alike. Whether it’s the recordings themselves, or the presence live, theyĀ certainly make a statement that they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
Originally released in 2007, Planet of IceĀ hasĀ quite a few pressings to date.Ā Among secondary markets, such as Discogs, you can find both reasonably, and exorbitantly, priced copies of this record. Rather than feed some flippers wallet, go grab yourself a copy down below and support Suicide Squeeze / Minus the Bear directly!!
Following the success of Highly Refined Pirates' forward-thinking guitar gymnastics and Menos el Oso's groundbreaking glitch rock, Seattle's premier pop revisionists Minus the Bear dug into some of rock music's most ostentatious years for inspiration for their 2007 album, Planet of Ice. The title alone conjures images of Yes's Relayer album art, and the influence of the elder statesmen's symphonic scope can be felt throughout Planet of Ice's lush and intricate arrangements. You can also hear the band channel the ominous instrumental interplay of Lamb-era Genesis on "Dr. L'Ling," the deceptively savvy musicianship and pristine production of Steely Dan on "White Mystery," and the tightrope walk between ethereal space and pre-metal riffage of Pink Floyd's "Echoes" on "Lotus." Not that Minus the Bear completely abandoned their earlier styleā€”elements of Menos el Oso's sample-driven technique can be heard on the lead single "Knights." But the heart of the song ultimately belongs to the haunting Fripp-esque guitar lines spliced between verses.
Suicide Squeeze is proud to reintroduce Planet of Ice's creative marriage of classic motifs and modern musical wizardry with a vinyl remaster courtesy of Bernie Grundman. The latest pressing is limited to 1000 copies on Clear with Purple Swirl vinyl. Includes a download card.
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