Brooklyn-based dream-pop quartet Uni Ika Ai make a rhythmic, wonderfully askew brand of ethereal pop. They’re set to drop their debut full-length Keeping A Golden Bullseye In The Corner of My Mind this fall. The second foray we receive into the album is “Soft In Ice,” along with a set of visuals. It’s a slow-churning heavy-hitter with Maia Friedman’s sultry, breathy tone floating over a deep-burrowing bass line, knocking drums, and playful digital synth blips. The accompanying clip is a deft black-and-white play of light and shadow from director Patrick Stephenson. Distorted, glitch-y effects with white noise are mixed in with warped monochrome images before we clearly see Friedman passionately delivering her lyrics for the powerful crescendo on the last hook. It has a dark, moody feel thanks to the ambience the Freedlyville Quarry, the US’ oldest quarry, provided. Watch.
08/26 Beacon, NY @ One Month One Week One Day
08/27 Beacon, NY @ One Month One Week One Day
08/28 Portland, ME @ The Garage
08/29 Providence, RI @ Aurora [w/ Mouni]
08/30 Boston, MA @ TBA – Show Mom Collective [w/ Strange Mangers, Horse Jumper of Love]
08/31 New Haven, CT @ Bar [w/ Pavo Pavo]
09/02 Dover, NH @ Wrong Brain HQ
09/05 Philadelphia, PA @ Eris Temple Arts [w/ Wooden Indian Burial Ground]
Here’s a photo of the band:
Keeping A Golden Bullseye In The Corner of My Mind is out in October.