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 similar feelings: isolation, discomfort, tension. Once a duo of Elias Rønnenfelt and Loke Rahbek, Vår has expanded into a four-piece for their forthcoming full-length debut, No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers, the first single from which we’ve got here. “The World Fell” strips down tones and melodies from ’80s electronic pop and post-punk, and presents them as a spacious, minimalist fantasy. It’s really beautiful and strange music. Listen.
No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers is out 5/14 via Sacred Bones.