Iceage have announced their return in emphatic style with the eerie new single, ‘The Holding Hand’.
It’s been almost three years since the Scandinavian’s released their fourth studio album, Beyondless, and now they have made a welcomed return. ‘The Holding Hand’ hints towards a new chapter for Iceage, they now have a new label and have signed with Mexican Summer after leaving Matador. They are a band who has a reputation for mixing it up, never intrinsically linking themselves with one genre or movement and, on ‘The Holding Hand’, showcase their darker sound.
The five-minute extravaganza sees frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s stirring vocals leave the listener hanging on to his every last word and left captivated. Iceage let ‘The Holding Hand’ grow into this beast throughout the track that unfolds dramatically at the end thanks to Nils Gröndahl’s earth-shattering violin that gives it a dimension that you didn’t know it needed.
Rønnenfelt pleads on the track, “O limp wristed god, limp wristed god / Don’t you know I’m not at a fault in your weakened arms / Knocking on your window is a cavalcade / Pleading for relief, a call to aid.”
“The song lives in a slurred world, movements are elastically stretched out and strength is found in weakness while you find it hard to tell the difference between fume and matter,” says Rønnenfelt, explaining the track. “Gently the swaying intensifies, feel it escalate. Reach out for the holding hand, it seems almost within scope now.”
The atmospheric track has been captured poetically in the visuals created by director Anders Malmberg, who commented: “The band has such an amazing and soulful presence, and my aim was to create a cinematic experience around image reflections that would tie in closely to the narrative and the emotional atmosphere of the track, and let the authenticity that the band radiates feel ever-present.”
Ten years ago, Iceage shared their debut album, New Brigade, since then they have continued to take their sound to new heights. ‘The Holding Hand’ points to another poignant part in their journey as they continue to expand their sound.
Check out the visuals, below.