Ever feel like a demon’s stalking you? Maybe you just need to learn how to fall in love. That’s ICECREAM’s advice on “Blessings”, a listless lullaby of a track off of the doom-pop foursome’s upcoming second album, His Approval. Here’s the “Blessings” video, directed by Xander Robin around Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where ICECREAM moved from Miami last year.
It didn’t take long for Ice Cream to find their way in Brooklyn. Just a few months after moving from Miami, the weirdo pop foursome has just released the telling four-song EP Safe and Happy.
This is the fourth installment of Nevermind Miami, a tribute to the generation-defining album Nirvana released 20 years ago, on September 24, 1991. To commemorate the occasion, we have asked local musicians to cover each of the 13 songs on the original release. We will be posting the covers throughout September in no particular order.
First up, we have Animal Tropical’s take on “Lounge Act”. Made up of Jose Castello (lead singer), Jarrett Hann (bass), Kris Pabon (guitar), and Jorge Rubiera (drums), Animal Tropical may well be the opposite of Nirvana, the cackle to its groan, the bongo to its floor tom, the dandyish bow to its destructive stage dive, the Miami to its Seattle. So anyone familiar with the band knows they’d never do the cover straight.
Built on a few chords and a relatively steady mood, “Lounge Act” is one of the simpler tracks on the frill-light Nevermind, but Animal Tropical turns it into a sonic journey that starts on a humid side street and ends up in the Gravitron by way of a smoky lounge and a skanking punk pit. (Trust me: You will have exactly this experience.) It’s a wild, deconstructed departure from the original that plays playfully on the song’s sarcastic title. Listen for yourself, and then check out Animal Tropical’s Facebook page to hear more of their music.