Vår – “The Boy Or The Boot”
Iceage’s sophomore album, You’re Nothing is at (or very near) the top of my own list of 2013’s most anticipated releases, but till it arrives, a new song from Vår will serve as a fine stopgap. Vår is the minimalist electro-goth duo made up of Iceage frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt and Loke Rahbek of searing Danish black metal/punk band Sexdrome. (Rahbek also runs the label Posh Isolation, which has released music by Rønnenfelt’s other band, Marching Church.) “The Boy Or The Boot” appears on the new compilation Five Years Of Sacred Bones Records, which celebrates a half-decade of the terrific Brooklyn-based label behind Zola Jesus, Cult Of Youth, The Men, and many more seriously great bands, as well as some of the coolest cover art I’ve ever seen. The comp will only be available in physical format at next Friday’s Sacred Bones Five-Year Anniversary Celebration, which is inexplicably being held in the Mojave (buy tix) and features Zola Jesus, Wymond Miles, Vår, Psychic Ills, Pop. 1280, Lust For Youth, and Cult Of Youth. The new song from Vår precedes that band’s debut album, another of my most anticipated 2013 releases. Give it a listen.