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Icebreaker International is an electronic musical duo featuring Alexander Perls from New York and Londoner Simon Break.


They first released material under the name Icebreaker, including the 1999 album Distant Early Warning on Aesthetics Records. The album of minimal electronic soundscapes was conceptually based in Cold War-era North America and made reference to the Distant Early Warning Line of radar and listening stations established by the USA and Canada in the 1950s to warn of approaching Soviet bombers.

In 2000 the duo signed to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s It Records and extended their name to Icebreaker International.


Their second album, Trein Maersk: A Report to the NATOarts Board of Directors, was presented as a geopolitical “audio report” and was supposedly commissioned to promote international free trade, although the spoken samples and liner notes subtly undermine the conceit. Released in 2000, the album is markedly more up-tempo than its predecessor and features more prominent guitar work and synth-driven beats.


In 2003 Perls and Break collaborated with Danish producer Manual (Jonas Munk Jensen) as Icebreaker International & Manual and released the album Into Forever, an album fusing the ambient electronica of their first album with the guitar melodies of the second.

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  • ZebedeeMcDougal

    I'm going to Halifax to thank them for being a port.

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • Heemeyer

    most boring music I've ever heard - and this is exactly why I'm loving it so much

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • Osc_Dis

    More people need to know about Icebreaker International.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • fsk-_-

    Man, I saw the album art on Trein Mærsk, and I was like shit this is gonna be awesome, several album listens later and I'm like... that was very, very satisfying. Wonderful record.

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Space-Warfare

    Man, i saw the album art on Trein Maersk , and i was like shit this is gonna be awesome, one album listen later and im like... wow that was boring.

    28 May 2010 Reply
  • stikeymo

    I remember first hearing these guys on a really trippy late night Channel 4 programme which had footage of space flights, satellites, etc, set to music such as this. Awesome stuff. One of my favourite bands that no one else knows about :)

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Jes73

    ace

    3 Jun 2008 Reply
  • carriepants

    Holy shit!

    16 Oct 2007 Reply
  • et0x

    nice souonds ;)

    24 Jun 2007 Reply
  • emptyflow

    Strange! Unnerving! But quite good anyhow.

    20 Jan 2007 Reply
  • thiskills

    Distant early warning system <3

    29 Nov 2006 Reply

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