Ice Island – “The General”


The official debut from Ice Island, “The General” is a suavely catchy success that infuses twangy guitars with synth-minded nostalgia. The Milwaukee-based project comes via Steven Hawley, formerly the frontman of indie-dance project Codebreaker. This debut follows a 2019 collaboration with synthwave artist Tonebox, the track “Enemies.”

“The General” navigates realms of sophisti-pop, alternative, and synth-pop with ease; its “some days I feel just like the general,” chorus entices replays with confident, melodic charm. The verses and chorus blend seamlessly, while still retaining a degree of separation, especially upon the textural backing expansion past 02:30. “Enemies” and “The General” certainly show as strong debuts from Ice Island.

“The General” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2020’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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