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Arc Iris releases Icon Of Ego, its third groundbreaking album, as a trio that packs the heft of a far bigger band with fully realized sonic and visual intensity. On this latest album, vocalist / guitarist Jocie Adams, keyboardist / sample artist Zach Tenorio-Miller and drummer Ray Belli have crafted a vividly expressionistic new album that reflects both the group’s protean talents as well as its journey of survival. After its self-named 2014 debut on the nti- label, Arc Iris achieved critical acclaim, along with tours with St. Vincent and Jeff Tweedy and festivals like Bonnaroo followed. Within two years, the band self-released Moon Saloon in the US while Bella Union released the album in Europe. Tours supporting Kimbra, Gene Ween, and a complete re-imagination of Joni
Mitchell’s Blue performed at Washington’s Kennedy Center followed, which added to a growing, international fan base that has remained dedicated throughout.Icon of Ego finds a stronger, more experienced band. Recording at Providence’s Columbus Theater, home to silent movies and vaudeville during the ’20s, the band has evolved into a concentrated pop-prog explosion, mixing styles with disparate elements that captivate and surprise. With heavy synthesizer work by Tenorio and Adams, and seemingly impossible transitions executed effortlessly by Belli, the songs here carry a thick, analog electronic sound that harks back to the ’70s. Presiding over these are Adams’ powerful vocals that house the energy under pop forms.

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Released October 12th, 2018

Jocie Adams – vocals, electric guitar, keyboards
Zach Tenorio-Miller – vocals, keyboards, samples
Ray Belli – drums
featuring:
Anna Williams – violin
Misha Veselov – cello

All songs by Arc iris 

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Four years ago, Jocie Adams of The Low Anthem, stepped aside from the Rhode Island band she was a member of to begin the next evolution in her musical career as lead singer for Arc Iris. This Friday, Arc Iris will release its third album, Icon Of Ego, via Ba Da Bing Records. On it, Adams collaborates with her band mates — keyboardist/sample artist Zach Tenorio-Miller and drummer Ray Belli — on a collection of songs that bridge avant-pop with her folksy, musical roots.

“If You Can See” from the forthcoming album. Lovingly made while walking around downtown Providence, R.I., the song is ebullient and optimistic, an “up with people” anthem we all could use in these divisive times, regardless of the side you’re on.

The first thing you see in the video are faces, lots of them. Most are smiling. There are old folks and young folk, and people of all colors. These are everyday people, moving along to the song, all mouthing small phrases of it as Adams sings

The video culminates with everyone singing repeatedly in unison “we can work together” that results in a boost of emotional inspiration.

‘If You Can See’ is a reminder that the world is giving us gifts of support and love from many places all of the time,” Adams says via email. “We need to remember and acknowledge the good as well as the bad in order to maintain our positivity, which is needed to create change. If we all consider our grumpy egos to be justified by our ideas of a dystopian present and future, there is no motivation to be conscientious. Here we offer a ‘keep your chin up’ song for everyone. Life is hard.

Icon Of Ego is out Oct. 12 via Ba Da Bing Records.

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Audiotree is a Chicago-based music discovery platform: In-studio sessions

Arc Iris is an indie art rock trio who write psychedelia infused, kaleidoscopic tunes. Their theatrical stage production includes glittery lycra body suits, sparkling bird wings and pig masks to add visual depth to their philosophical lyrical content.  Our full live session with Audiotree is up! Check it out if you enjoy keytar infused dance moves, scary pig masks, doomsday monologues and strobelights.

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Arc Iris broke musical ground with the release of their acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014. The Providence, Rhode Island-based band quickly won over audiences in the US and Europe, supporting artists such as St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The group performed at the London Palladium and festivals including Bonnaroo, End of the Road . Released on Bella Union in Europe and ANTI Records in the US and, Arc Iris drew admiration for its innovative style and distinctive sound. The Guardian talked of “a shape-shifting treat” while new music site The Line of Best Fit proclaimed, “Arc Iris is traditional music thrillingly positioned at the nexus of the old and new.”

Band Members
Zach Tenorio-Miller – Keyboards and Vocals
Jocie Adams – Vocals, Keys and Guitar
Ray Belli – Drums

Released June 19th, 2018

from the self titled album by Arc Iris, led by Jocie Adams a main component of the Rhode Island band The Low Anthem, Adams departed to pursue a solo career and has recorded an intriguing array of music with elements of Folk, Jazz and country styles all entwined, quirky orchestrated Pop with complex arrangements

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from the self titled debut album due on Bella Union, led by the former Low Anthem member Jocie Adams receiving great reviews for their live shows should be playing a few festivals this summer in the UK.