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Getting Down from the Trees

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Continental Europe has produced some of the world's most infectious English language indie pop. Think about it: Sweden's Shout Out Louds, France's Phoenix, Norway's Kings of Convenience. In a similar tradition, Nacional introduces Polock, from Spain's city of Valencia. The band is becoming renowned for their contagious hooks and melodies. In the past year, Polock has played major stages like premiere indie rock festival Primavera Sound and the MTV Winter Festival with Franz Ferdinand & Starsailor. Top video series La Blogotheque recently taped a "Take Away Show" with Polock in Barcelona.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nacional Records
  • ASIN: B003VC8TXO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To be fair, Spain's Polock is an amalgamation of many indie pop bands. However, while some could knock the group for a lack of individuality based on this observation, it is their ability to bring out and combine the best of these bands that makes Getting Down From The Trees such an exciting and successful debut. On the opener "High on Life", chiming guitars and a euphoric chorus bring to mind The Strokes, while "Fireworks" is a Euro-pop piece with both the catchiness and bombast worthy of a killer iPod commercial. "Sometimes", a bratty revelation of the up-and-down nature of love, has the band doing their best Phoenix impression, and on "Tenderlies" Polock brings to mind Britain's Foals, shimmering guitar hooks and all. Despite sounding like so many bands throughout the album, Polock isn't simply a soundalike; rather, each stylistic change seems both calculated and thoughtful, which is exactly what makes this band so intriguing and unique. While not perfect, Getting Down From The Trees is simply a pleasing listen, and at the end of the day, it is hard to fault Polock for combining the styles of other groups when they do it so dang well.

Overall: 9/10

Key Tracks: Fireworks, Nice To Meet You, Defenceless
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At first listen, this Spanish pop group (sings in English) reminded me a little of Spoon, especially in the vocals, which are somewhat Britt Daniels-ish. Also, the songs are often very bouncy and rhythmic, a la Spoon. However, where Spoon often favors a more harsh and stripped-down sound, Polock likes jangly electric guitars, harmony vocals, and generally more full and rich song arrangements. We know Spain has had a robust and varied rock scene for years now; Polock is just the latest of many promising bands to come out of that scene. The tunes on this album are very catchy, melodic and easy to like. It's a real pleasant listening experience.
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