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Roman À Clef – “Abandonware (Josh And Jer)”

Roman À Clef is a new band that features A Sunny Day In Glasgow’s Ryan Newmyer and Jen Goma, as well as Ice Choir frontman Kurt Feldman. Given everyone involved, you can probably guess how it sounds: A hazy, shimmery take on new-romantic ’80s pop. All these people know exactly what they’re doing, so it’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Ice Choir – “It’s Different Now” & “Cut Down The Tree”

The former Pains Of Being Pure At Heart drummer Kurt Feldman just produced Dum Dum Girls’ holiday single “On Christmas.” Feldman also leads Ice Choir, the synthpop quartet whose 2012 debut album Afar continues to sound pretty great. And Ice Choir just came out with their own sighing, dreamy, extremely ’80s holiday single. The band’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2014 - 10:38 am

Dum Dum Girls – “On Christmas”

If there’s any such thing as a not-great Christmas-themed synthpop song, I haven’t heard it. For whatever reason, Christmas and synthpop bring out the bittersweet best in each other. Dum Dum Girls aren’t usually a synthpop band, but they try the sound out on “On Christmas,” their contribution to Converse’s holiday-themed Noise To The WorldMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Devon Williams – “Around In A Maze (Ice Choir Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Around In A Maze” is a lovely retro power ballad on former Lavender Diamond guitarist Devon Williams’ latest solo album Gilding The Lily. Williams is releasing a digital single for another song from that album, “All I Have To Do,” and for the B-side he commissioned Ice Choir (aka former Pains Of Being Pure At… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 23, 2014 - 12:30 pm

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – “Bye Bye Big Ocean (Ice Choir Remix)”

A Sunny Day In Glasgow came back out of nowhere earlier this year with Sea When Absent, and it’s their best album. Now the group will release the 5-song No Death EP, which comes with a remix of the opening track “Bye Bye Big Ocean.” The remix is done by Ice Choir, the current moniker… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 25, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2012

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to select the rising bands which have connected them, someone wrote a long time ago. Or, something close to that. Here’s what we’re getting down to: It’s that time of year when Stereogum’s staff selects the 40 most exciting new* acts of… More »

By: Stereogum / September 11, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Ice Choir – “A Vision Of Hell, 1996″ Video (Stereogum Premiere)

The new video from Ice Choir — the glistening ’80s pop side project of Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s Kurt Feldman — inhabits a gloriously Web 1.0/Second Life aesthetic, an ode to technology and the “futuristic” visuals of yore. Like, I immediately though of “Scenario.” Which is a good thing. Here we go, yo… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 23, 2012 - 12:54 pm

Stream Ice Choir Afar (Stereogum Premiere)

In May, we teased the forthcoming record by Kurt Feldman’s (The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart) new project Ice Choir with the light, fun late-’80s/early-’90s love letter “Teletrips” and the starry “I Want You Now And Always.” The full-length, Afar, fleshes those themes out further. Kurt produced himself, and it was mixed by Jorge… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 23, 2012 - 11:55 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: June 2012

It’s our first mixtape of summer! Accordingly, you should probably just act first and think later and just download it with reckless abandon, as you should do absolutely everything now that it is the season of impulsive behavior. But if you are incapable of such youthful indiscretion without examining the fine print/weighing every possible life… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 26, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Ice Choir – “I Want You Now And Always” (Stereogum Premiere)

Ice Choir is the project of the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s Kurt Feldman, in which he steps to the fore as a champion of gossamer ’80s synth production. Kurt’s armed with a sighing new wave tenor to follow suit, so this is some pretty period-piece art here. “Teletrips” led the charge, though that’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 12, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Ice Choir – “Teletrips”

Ice Choir is the alias of the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s Kurt Feldman, and through that guise he makes songs that can best be described as a love letter to the gloriously cheesy, lite FM fare of the ’80s and early ’90s. Download the first single from his forthcoming Afar below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 9, 2012 - 3:15 pm

Zambri – “ICBYS (Ice Choir Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Earlier this year, we heard the lead single “ICBYS” from Band To Watch alums Zambri, a glowing slab of goth-y synth pop. Now, the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart’s Kurt Feldman (under the moniker Ice Choir) has come through with a somewhat goofy, fun ’80s-shaded incarnation of that track. Also: Austin visitors SXSW week,… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 28, 2012 - 12:33 pm