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Vår – “First Purchase”

Following the release of their 2013 debut album No One Dances Like My Brothers, Vår, the side project of Iceage frontman Elias Rønnenfelt, has now released a new track, “First Purchase.” The song is a series of mellow lo-fi inflections and ambient tones, created through the use of minimalist synths. “First Purchase” is included o… More »

By: Taylor Law / January 29, 2014 - 5:57 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: May 2013

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May’s absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you’ll find it here in three forms: a 12-track downloadable zip of the month’s best free MP3s, a 15-song Spotify playlist of May’s finest Spotify-enabled tracks, and to close it out, a 46-track Soundcloud… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Vår – “Into Distance”

The first track we heard from Vår’s forthcoming debut LP, No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers, gave some indication that Elias Rønnenfelt primary non-Iceage project might be even better (or at least as good as) Iceage itself. And the just-released “Into Distance” strongly reinforces that premise. “Into Distance” is a decidedly acoustic version of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 9, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: April 2013

After experimenting with three formats for the Monthly Mix — MP3 zip, Spotify playlist, Soundcloud set, etc. — in March we finally came upon a solution that pleased everyone: all of them. And so, for you, here is the month’s music, whittled down to its very best, via each of the aforementioned mediums, limited only… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 30, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Vår – “The World Fell”

The textural disparity between Iceage and Vår — the two bands with which Elias Rønnenfelt is most immediately associated (he’s also in Marching Church) — is pretty vast: Iceage are all sharp angles and cold, hard surfaces; Vår are pillowy, cloudlike, warm, shapeless sounds contained by thin beats. Yet the two bands manage to convey… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 9, 2013 - 11:08 am

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… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 14, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Marching Church – “Throughout The Borders”

Elias Bender Rønnenfelt is probably best known for being the vocalist and guitarist of the excellent Danish post-punk band, Iceage, and probably second-best known for being the frontman for Vår (née War), the spooky electro Iceage side project. Now Rønnenfelt is releasing new music from his other musical outlet, Marching Church. The band’s new release,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 2, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Northside 2012 In Photos

Northside registered some memorable moments this year, from Kitty Pryde living the meme at Knitting Factory to a sold out Cameo Lounge for Stereogum’s showcase (hat tip to Guards, for winning the night — and the fest’s — breakout act honors). Photographer wagz2it roved the north Williamsburgian terrain and assembled a spread of photos for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 18, 2012 - 5:06 pm

VÅR – “In Your Arms (Final Fantasy)” Video

Young Danes Elias Ronnenfelt (Iceage) and Loke Rahbek make up War, a group that creates dark, electronics-heavy tracks like “Somme, Maggio.” And now, like some other bands have done recentlytrend piece! — they’re changing their name. They’re going with VÅR, which translated means “spring.” Their new song, “In Your Arms (Final Fantasy),” i… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 7, 2012 - 10:09 am

War – “Somme, Maggio”

Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, frontman for jittery Danish punks Iceage, has a new side project called War, who could not possibly sound less like the Latin funk band with the same name. Instead, this War is a duo with Sexdrome’s Loke Rahbek, and they specialize in murky, diffuse, dark tracks that use loops and electronics. Below,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 27, 2012 - 4:17 pm