Babehoven - "Break the Ice"
‘90s Radio in the Modern Age
I never was a good sleeper. As I write this, I’m running off about six hours of sleep thanks to a combination of restlessness, a sour stomach, and turning the clocks back an hour. My crap sleep habits can be tracked back to being a kid in the ‘90s, staying up late, and listening to X107/92.3 KROCK after hours. It was during these times when Matt Pinfield and several other more local names would spin “college rock” and indie artists more akin to my musical tastes.
Babehoven reminds me a lot of the bands I listened to at these odd hours. Taking inspiration from a smattering of indie/alternative rock groups from twenty-plus years ago, while remaining fully within the realm of “bedroom pop” groups like Jay Som and Why Bonnie, Babehoven’s latest, Light Moving Time [s] [am] is the optimal soundtrack to a late evening (or an early morning). To me, it sounds like the note-perfect accompaniment to an insomniac haze — a bit dour, heavily on the melodies, with a dreamy focus on guitars and other stringed instruments woven within the songs’ textures.
“Break the Ice,” the lead track on the album, is a perfect gateway into the world of Babehoven. As lead tracks go, it’s a great litmus test for the listener to see if they want to continue, with the remainder of the album rewarding their curiosity. It’s also one of my favorite songs (and albums) from the year, so I absolutely had to share.