Pain Killer (Iceage song)

"Pain Killer" is a single performed by Danish art punk band, Iceage. The single was the second single released on their fourth studio album, Beyondless. The track has been praised for its jazz influence, featured horns and backing percussion, and its backing guest vocals from American singer, Sky Ferreira.

"Pain Killer"
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Single by Iceage featuring Sky Ferreira
from the album Beyondless
Released1 March 2018
Songwriter(s)Elias Bender Rønnenfelt
Producer(s)Nis Bysted
Iceage featuring Sky Ferreira singles chronology
"Catch It"
"Pain Killer"
"Take It All"

The single was released on the band's YouTube on 1 March 2018.

Music videoEdit

The song was the only single not to include a music video. Instead the album artwork for Beyondless was released, and the audio was released on YouTube.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

The track received widespread acclaim from contemporary music critics. John Norris of Billboard described the track as a "driving standout" on the album, and the music as "Tusk-worthy fanfare of horns". Norris overall described the song as a bold move from the band.[2] Evan Rytlewski of Pitchfork called the horns and jazz influence of the song "splashy", and felt their performance was bombastic. Rytlewski felt the track allows Iceage "let their pheromones fly, flaunting their seductive new sound like it’s a brand new sports car".[3] In a more mixed review, Stereogum's Gabriela Tully Claymore felt the song was a bit drawn out, but that Sky Ferreira's vocals were a welcome addition.[4]


  1. ^ "Iceage - Pain Killer (feat. Sky Ferreira)". YouTube. Alphabet Inc. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  2. ^ Norris, John (26 April 2018). "Iceage Talks Brash, Jazzy 'Beyondless' & Denmark's 'Embarrassing' Treatment of Immigrants". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  3. ^ Rytlewski, Evan (1 March 2018). ""Pain Killer" by Iceage Review". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  4. ^ Claymore, Gabriela Tully (1 May 2018). "Iceage – "Pain Killer" (Feat. Sky Ferreira)". Stereogum. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved 15 May 2018.

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