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Planet of Ice

September 3rd, 2007 · Written by · No Comments

Planet of Ice

Lost amongst the throngs of bands bubbling out of the greater Seattle area, MtB has consistently put out some of indie rock’s best records. Beautifully interlacing the indie songwriting spirit with subtle electronics, MtB has crafted a sound of their own amid a plethora of sound-a-likes. Despite the electronics, MtB’s latest release maintains an organic feel with the use of traditional instrumentation and song arrangements that result in a record that sounds polished yet never overproduced. 2006 saw the departure of keyboardist/producer Matt Bayes, who was quickly replaced by Alex Rose. The addition of Rose hasn’t particularly helped nor hindered MtB. The machine moves on. Unlike previous releases, Planet of Ice leaves behind much of MtB’s tongue-in-cheek material in favor of a more psychedelic form of instrumentation. The album never seems rushed and it never wanders. MtB, neither bothered by nor aware of outside opinion, continues to defy labels.

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