Iceage – Plowing Into the Field of Love (Matador)
When they released their 2011 debut New Brigade, this bunch of then-barely-legal Danes charmed many with their precocious and passionate take on punk rock. 2013’s You’re Nothing proved they could age gracefully, as they channeled their angst into writing more refined and emotionally moving songs. With the revelation of their new album’s surprisingly loose, rockabilly-tinged lead single ‘The Lord’s Favorite’, Iceage hinted they had a growth spurt planned. Plowing Into the Field of Love finds the band expanding their sound by adding new instruments to their usual repertoire and more space to their compositions, creating a dramatic atmosphere that’s almost Nick Cave-like at times and the best context they’ve found for conveying their trademark desperation.