Icarus Himself started out as a side project for the solo cravings of National Beekeepers Society frontman Nick Whetro. Mostly acoustic spiced with loops and samples and the indispensable aid of Karl Christenson Coffins is an album that feels comfortable in the vicinity of the output of Robyn Hitchcock and Syd Barrett. Hints of early seventies Bowie (Flatwoods, WV)) and dark country a la Johnny Dowd (35 To Life) this album sounds muffled and lo-fi, which is fitting for songs dealing with ennui.
Coffins can be labeled as neo-pyschedlic freak folk music. Musicians can have fun figuring out the tunings, mere mortals may have trouble digesting it and should start with a a song like Precedents, where Icar Himself sounds like the Everly Brothers from Hell.
Nick Whetro: vocals, guitar, sampler
Karl Christenson: baritone guitar, sampler, loop pedal noise-a-rama
- Flatwoods, WV
- This Means Nothing
- Sometimes I Can't Stand You, But That Doesn't Mean I Don't Want You Around
- 35 to Life
- January (Tennessee)
- Lessons From the Flood
- 06/19 The Frequency (w/ Jeremiah Nelson and and Cedarwell), Madison, WI
- 08/07 Public Space ONE, Iowa City, Iowa
- 08/08 Mixtapes!, East Moline, IL
- 08/9 TBA, Chicago, IL
- 08/10 Booby’s, Carbondale, IL
- 08/11 TBA, St. Louis, Missouri
- 08/12 Vertical Violet (ALL AGES), Wichita, KS
- 08/13 Box Awesome w/ Thunder Power, Lincoln, Nebraska
- 08/14 TBA w/ Thunder Power, Omaha, Nebraska
- 08/15 Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, Iowa
- 08/22 Mickey’s Tavern (free shows w/ Sabertooth Man), Madison, WI
- 09/04 Frank’s Powerplant, Milwaukee, WI
HCTF review of Pawn Shop Etiquette (National Beekeepers Society).