Crushed Ice's Nights and Weekends could equally be titled Pandemic Puzzle – A Great Big Wonderful World. As the globe went into lockdown in early 2020, Dave Laney (Milemarker, Challenger, Auxes) reached out to a handful of long time friends and collaborators, pitching the idea of an Exquisite Corpse-style recording project with the promise that all involved could get as weird as needed – and they all needed to get weird.
Beginning with John Crouch (Horseback, Caltrop, Solar Halos, Auxes) and Peter Hess (Philip Glass Ensemble, Slavic Soul Party, Balkan Beat Box, Barbez, Songs:Ohia), the band quickly expanded to include Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady), Rachel Hirsh (solo, I Was Totally Destroying It, Bruxes) and H.C. McEntire (solo, Mount Moriah, Bellafea).
The band was never in the same room at the same time. Each member was given full creative control and recorded their parts in home studios during the ensuing nights and weekends. Ever-changing rhythms and patterns continuously metamorphosed the songs until the pumpkin transformed into the carriage before us today.
Touching on themes of trauma, cynicism, confusion and disillusionment, Crushed Ice's optimistic overtones shine through like the Willy Wonka golden ticket we all need. They have already been submitted for the Nordic Council Literature Prize – an unprecedented first for a musical group.
While one unverified source has coined Nights & Weekends as the best album of 2022, their sound is addictive, uncategorizable and we simply can't stop listening. They have created a genre of music which has yet to be labeled and defined, benchmarked by harmonies, winds, swing and dazzle that makes you simultaneously feel rich and poor. Originally sold as a commissioned NFT to an unspecified buyer for 4.2MM, Nights & Weekends has been released to the public for an unspecified amount of time. Live without dead time: scoop this up now before they pull it from the market and push it back to Blockchain. A true classic!
*Anonymity for both the author and reviewers is required due being sourced during the original NFT commission project
Notable media reactions:
Shadow banned across the web throughout 2021 (unverified source)
Best album of 2022 (unverified source)
Required listening (unverified source)
Should be on AGT (unverified source)
Essential (unverified source)
Bona Fide Force a Compter (unverified source from a French speaker)
Unique and borderline cult (unverified source)
Optimism resonates throughout their darkness (unverified source)
An instant classic (unverified source)
released April 29, 2022
Rachel Hirsh: vocals
H.C. McEntire: vocals
Jake Levee: vocals
Dave Laney: guitars, bass, backing vox
Peter Hess: tenor, alto, soprano, baritone saxophones; Bb and bass clarinets; flute, alto flute, piccolo; percussion, riq; backing vox
Justin Mullens: trumpet, French horn
Franz Nicolay: keyboards, harmonica
John Crouch: drums, percussion
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