Ice Pix

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Multimedia artist Rebecca Fin Simonetti's debut album is a curious mix of trip-hop and dream pop, filled with chunky, oblong drum breaks and fluttering loops, along with soft, echo-shrouded vocals. She balances delicate sounds such as harps and pianos with bit-crushed rhythms, and the effect is a bit disorienting but still oddly soothing. She clearly has pop and R&B instincts, but seems intent on twisting them as much as possible. Early in the album, she alludes to hits by the Temptations and Teena Marie, almost as if she's humming them to herself while she's daydreaming. Squeaky, munchkin-like voices pop up during a few tracks, and Simonetti's synths approximate eerie bird chirps during "Gutshot." Generally detached and spaced-out, the songs are nevertheless playful abstractions of futuristic pop. Highlights include "Autobody" and "Doghead," which are both a bit more upbeat and grooving than the majority of the album's songs.

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