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New Music Friday #2: Rich People (“No Age”), Modest Mouse (“Ice Cream Party”)

Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse. Image by Mark Metcalfe.

Looking to discover new music? You’ve come to the right place!

Each week, Music in Minnesota’s New Music Friday feature will explore three recently released albums or songs.

Our hope is to expose the MiM audience to the best new music across many genres: pop, rock, indie, punk, Americana, country, jazz, classical, and more.

This week, the latest singles from alternative legends Modest Mouse and Philadelphia mellow rock band Rich People.

“No Age” – Rich People (Rock)

by Katie Ahrens

Last Friday, Philadelphia-based mellow-rock band Rich People released their most ambitious single to date. With a raw and interesting way of writing about the human experience, and a humbleness to be admired, they stand apart from other up-and-coming bands in the scene.

No Age” is three minutes and twenty-five seconds of pure bliss, and marks a definitive turning point in their sound. Though it speaks of a darker solitude, the upbeat rhythms create a perfectly blended irony.

Rich People are lesser-known and still growing their fanbase, but they should definitely be on your radar.

“Ice Cream Party” – Modest Mouse (Indie/Rock)

by Erik Ritland

I don’t get it.

I was going to leave my review at that, as it accurately conveys my confusion about this song. But lest my “man of few words” thing become a gimmick, I’ll explain myself a little bit.

Modest Mouse once had a pretty high reputation in the indie/alternative rock community. Their combination of catchiness and interesting experimentation gave them a dedicated niche following. Their huge hit “Float On” put them on the map nationally.

Currently, they’re touring with the Black Keys, which is an odd coupling.

Even odder, though, is this damn song.

Maybe it’s for kids, who knows. Once Bob Dylan had a song called “Wiggle Wiggle” (that featured Slash from Guns N’ Roses of all people) that really confused people. The lyrics included lines like “wiggle wiggle wiggle/rattle and shake/wiggle wiggle wiggle/like a big fat snake.” It seemed like a bad joke, but once people realized it was written for his toddler, it made more sense.

Maybe Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock wrote “Ice Cream Party” for a child, and if he did, that’s awfully cute. The lyrics are mostly “there’s an ice cream party at my house” repeated over and over again. That is, until the end of the song, when female voices chant “pretty pretty pretty please.”

Yeah. That’s really it. I’m serious.

The song is actually pretty interesting sonically, with swirling guitars, synths, and keys making for a far-out listening experience. It’d be a pretty cool track if it had better lyrics.

Erik Ritland
Author: Erik Ritland

Erik is a journalist and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to writing and editing for a number of local outlets, he founded Rambling On, a Minnesota-focused blog and podcast about music, sports, and culture, in 2012. He began working for Music in Minnesota in 2018 and is a writer, editor, and social media content strategist.

Written by Erik Ritland

Erik is a journalist and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to writing and editing for a number of local outlets, he founded Rambling On, a Minnesota-focused blog and podcast about music, sports, and culture, in 2012. He began working for Music in Minnesota in 2018 and is a writer, editor, and social media content strategist.

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