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Icon Of ego bA dA bIng 7/10 For­mer Low an­them mem­ber de­liv­ers a prog-pop spec­tac­u­lar

While the ini­tial record­ings of this project for for­mer Low An­them mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ist Jo­cie Adams didn’t stray too far from the quirky, win­some alt.folk of her for­mer em­ployer, Icon Of Ego marks a fur­ther leap into wilder, woolier ter­ri­tory. A new ver­sion of “Gar­den Gnomes” from the band’s 2014 de­but “$GNMS” demon­strates just how far Adams has come, the song’s big­ger beats and thicker tex­tures sug­gest­ing that she’s found a florid and fer­vent prog-pop sweet spot be­tween Kate Bush and An­i­mal Col­lec­tive. On such show­stop­pers as “Chat­ter­ma­chines” and the ti­tle track, Adams also finds a win­ning match be­tween the swoops of her so­prano and the swirls of strings and vin­tage synth sounds pro­vided by band­mate Zach Teno­rio-Miller. Ja­Son an­DEr­Son

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