Denmark’s Iceage return once again with a new single, The Holding Hand, following the release of last year’s Lockdown Blues.
It’s the band’s debut single/video for new label Mexican Summer as Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s voice crawls over slow-marching percussion, glittering wind chimes, and scorching guitar. Nils Gröndahl’s piercing violin adds another layer to the song as Rønnenfelt intones: “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. “Gently the swaying intensifies, feel it escalate. Reach out for the holding hand, it seems almost within scope now.”
The song’s video was created by director/director of photography Anders Malmberg using dramatic portraits of Iceage members Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Jakob Tvilling Pless, Johan Surrballe Wieth, Dan Kjær Nielsen and new member Casper Morilla Fernandez.
“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,” notes Anders Malmberg.
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