Krassy Halatchev (Icicle) has proven with his 9 studio albums to date that he has a lot of colours
in his musical palette.
Axioms is no exception with its 12 tracks of driven alt rock/pop that is chockfull of imagination
and good beats. The sound is as eclectic as it is manic, but it is the quirkiness that unifies it all.
It’s the same kind of musical Krazy-Glue that bonds such acts as Foals, The Stone Roses, Arctic
Monkeys, Beck, Spoon, Blur, Kasabian, Talking Heads… to name a few.
Halatchev handles the vast majority of the vocals but occasionally, as in previous records, would
invite singers on lead and/or backups. Thistime it is the Brit Kat Howell who takes charge of the
fairy-tail-ish One Bad Boy for EveryGirl (track 4), duets in Stand Tall, and completes the choruses
on The Force Within (track 2).
Axioms goes in many directions throughout its 12 compositions but the manic, head-spinning
theme continues throughout. Snowman at My Door (track 2) is a cool, hypnotic trip well backed
by acoustic guitar and keys, with the latter breaking into subtle shimmering stars at the choice
moment. This is Not a Love Song (second single/track 9) is another enjoyable sing-along tune
based around a P.I.L.-esque vocal hook and some hip-hop style well stitched verses. Desert Tree
(first single/track 11) is a beautiful heartfelt piece about the colliding forces of science and
ambition. It should well provide some clues to the other strange places that Icicle will lead you
to throughout this record. Meanwhile, bluesy guitar grooves provide the perfectly askew
backdrop for White Horse, You Against You and Tone It Down a Little.
Axioms will be available on May 24, 2022.
Fans can pre-order the album on BandCamp starting April 18, 2022.