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if there can be a quintessential Polvo album, this just might be it.,
This review is from: Exploded Drawing (Audio CD)
"Exploded Drawing" manages to feel like a double album while clocking in just under an hour. All the sculpted dissonance, eastern-tinged wierdness, lulling vocals and sharp left turns that both define Polvo and make them difficult to categorize -- other than as "vaguely Sonic Youth-ish" or "math rock" (a very misleading tag, as it alludes much more to their method than their results) -- are present here, along with an added dose of cathartic maelstrom and... pop structures!? Bluesy workouts?
Usually terms like "poppy" and "bluesy" are red flags that cause me to run screaming, but "Exploded Drawing" stays true to the image its title conjures: conventional structures blown wide open and recombined into intriguing new forms. A great, unforgotten band from the 90s with a bunch of superb EPs and full-lengths, this is a good place to start. The band even frustrates its own "conventions" with off-kilter clockwork rockers like "Snowstorm In Iowa."