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Born and raised in communist Bulgaria, Krassy Halatchev grew up with a few tight friends who were true music maniacs. Being one of them as well, he studied and analyzed every note of the repertoire of his favorite bands (Pink Floyd, The Police, Depeche Mode, The Cure…). With a little help from his friends (and band mates) he bought his first bass guitar - a Fender Music Master. It turned out to be the best investment he ever made, for it changed Krassy's life.
Following years of ardent practicing and playing in garages and clubs, the skilled musician fled from his native country and landed in Montreal one freezing-cold winter day in 1990. His brother-like peers from the band The Clouds accompanied him in this new and exiting adventure. At the time they were passionately devoted to the 90's psychedelic rock. After many subway and club gigs, considerable magazine and newspaper coverage, and two full-length albums, the members of the band decided to explore new horizons, this time separately.
In 1996 Krassy joined the band Chiwawa. Produced by Steve Witfield (The Cure, The Mission, The Trash Can Sinatras) and recorded at The Mission's studio in Bristol, Chiwawa's first album The Sick World of Yona won the attention of the media.
Becoming a core member of the group, Krassy composed and sang a major part of Chiwawa's seven albums worth of material.
Resurgence (released worldwide on September 21st, 2014) was the first solo album of the artist and therefore his most personal venture.
Multifaceted and very seasoned, this 13-piece oeuvre represents a passage door between the past and the future, a quintessence of lessons learned and dreams that lay ahead. It is a concept album where pop, rock and funk elements reminisce of the 80s, 90s and 2000s. It curls upward on a journey of his life's spiral.
New Album Preview – 'Resonance' by ICICLE
Icicle is an independent musician who ignores genre boundaries and mainstream expectations, simply taking us down whichever musical alley inspires him at the time. In February 2017, Herd Records released Icicle's new album, Resonance, which I've had the pleasure of listening to in its entirety.
These 13 songs take us on a journey of style and depth. We have funky dance, spacey grooves, instrumental tracks blending industrial and electronic, and lyrics that captivate with their honesty. A zealous bass player, soulful singer and a talented composer, Krassy has 12 full-length albums under his belt, summarizing those of the 90's psychedelic rock group The Clouds and those of the alternative pop-rock band Chiwawa.
ALBUM: Icicle ‘Theorems’
Theorems is the second album from Bulgarian-born Krassy Halatchev – aka Icicle. Now based in Montreal, The multi-talented artist returns with twelve pop-laced, alternative tracks on his new record with a sound described as "Simple Minds having a baby with Depeche Mode and Placebo" (Pamela Chelin, Rolling Stone). Opening track 'Queue Me' is a carefully thought out instrumental. It contains a raucous electric guitar riff which is coolly contrasted with a contemplative keyboard piece. The blending of percussion and synths adds an alternative edge to the track, and this leads seamlessly in to the next track. 'The Angels Forgot How To Fly' introduces Icicle's cool vocal style. The casually misanthropic lyrics are kept up-beat by a funky bass hook. The track is repetitive, but it leads well in to 'Tattoo Cross Your Heart'. 'Time Is Not On Your Side' is similar in sound. 'I Am An Ant', however, provides a welcome change in pace and style. Icicle makes the track's title a repeated statement, before the pace picks up and his rant-like lyrics begin. 'Ready To Steer' showcases the strength in Icicle's vocals, and they sit comfortably on top of his choice of synths and percussion.
The albums two main singles – 'On and On' and 'Calma Calma' – close the record, and are both further examples of Icicles skill in turning out odd, yet catchy pop tunes.
Fans of unusual yet accessible pop/rock will enjoy Icicle's latest offering on Theorems