OXBOW, the revered avant-garde band, has ignited anticipation among fans with the recent announcement of their first foray into new music after a six-year hiatus. The highly awaited release, titled “Love’s Holiday,” has set hearts aflutter in anticipation of its arrival. Today, we are privileged to unveil their second single, “Icy White & Crystalline,” accompanied by a mesmerizing video directed by the talented Kiran Achayra.
In tandem with this exciting news, OXBOW has unveiled plans for a captivating European tour scheduled for September, with an electrifying performance slated for Supersonic Festival. Enthusiasts are urged to secure their tickets promptly by visiting Ipecac, as these live experiences are certain to transcend the boundaries of conventional musical performances.
For those seeking to relive the magic, OXBOW invites you to revisit their initial single, “1000 Hours,” featuring the extraordinary Roger Joseph Manning Jr (known for his work with Jellyfish and Beck), accompanied by an evocative video masterfully directed by John David Levy.
Scheduled for release on July 21st, “Love’s Holiday” will be available across multiple formats, including CD, Digital, and three distinct Vinyl variants, each a visual feast showcasing the exquisite artwork of Aaron Turner.
Fans can indulge their passion by pre-ordering these editions, which include an Indie exclusive Red Vinyl variant and the Ipecac exclusive Marbled Grey Vinyl, by visiting this site.
Vocalist Eugene S. Robinson humorously reflects on the curious choice of entrusting the direction of the “Icy White & Crystalline” music video to the Belfast-based filmmaker and journalist, Kiran Acharya, in light of the band’s UK roots. In his characteristic wit, Robinson acknowledges that expecting a departure from familiar elements is a sure path to madness. Thus, OXBOW deliberately employed a medley of contrasting components to visually represent their first “live” music video for “Love’s Holiday.” The relentless pursuit of capturing the essence of the song led them to endure the grueling process of multiple takes, with the opening lyric declaring, “you don’t know how… hearts burn.” Robinson facetiously admits that this endeavor nearly pushed them to the brink.
Guitar player Niko Wenner chimes in, shedding light on the origins of “Icy White & Crystalline” as a raw and fierce recording born from an impassioned rehearsal session. Their aim was to recreate and elevate that raw energy with a polished, high-fidelity rendition, with an improvised bridge adding another layer of spontaneity. The seamless fusion of these elements culminates in a quintessential OXBOW masterpiece, destined to be a perpetual live anthem that resonates with their devoted fans. Wenner concludes by inviting listeners to revel in the experience and savor the sonic journey that “Icy White & Crystalline” has to offer.