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Where I diverge from the press sheet on this album is that I feel like the second half opens up into quite a colorful tapestry of sounds, maybe less rocking and swaggering than the first several tracks, but finished with lots of absorbing touches that keep me coming back. The mainly acoustic "Old Maps" is a prime example, and a little bit unique in the Polvo canon. Almost Spanish guitar flourishes and deft sonic touches fill out what is at its heart an extremely well-written song. The writing and arranging of the album as a whole scratches that itch for something "rock" that isn't just "rock." If that makes sense.
So this is a little less polished than its predecessor In Prism, but also an extremely reassuring album that avoids any present day production trappings or obvious plays for media attention, instead sounding like Polvo essentially picked up where they left off and continued the sort of rock/post-rock explorations they've been doing since day one. This sits very easily alongside my favorites like Exploded Drawing and Celebrate The New Dark Age. If you still have a place in your heart for this band, get this album.
Also, really nice packaging and graphics by Delicious Design League!
delivery. The songs are meticulously aggressive, stirring emotions with the balance of opposites: anger vs beauty, control
vs explosiveness, math rock tempo vs liquid riff flows. The production has an immaculately clean fuzz-roar that lays a heavy
hand on the tunes. The level of musicianship is at an all-time high for the band; songwriting, bass, drums and the brilliantly
innovative guitar lines are all tenaciously crisp with an inviting muscularity. Members have played in Helium, Libraness, Idyll
Swords. Includes some guest guitar from Mitch Easter. At times I hear influences like Built To Spill, Pinback, Seam, Archers
Of Loaf, Slint, Squirrel Bait, The Entrance Band, XTC, even Neil Young/Crazy Horse & the Rolling Stones. This is the kind of
album that reveals additional layers and depth to the sound with every listen and never loses touch with its rock ‘n’ roll
Polvo's 2009 reunion album In Prism to Superchunk's Majesty Shredding -- both albums showed that time had little (or no) effect on the respective band's sounds. Polvo retained the same angular, noisy brand of indie rock that they really perfected with Today's Active Lifestyles. The difference between these albums is that Majesty Shredding felt like a victory lap - it felt like Superchunk was aware that their album was returning to the anticipation and fanfare of diehard fans. In Prism, on the other hand, felt much more labored, as if Polvo still had something to prove. The follow-up to that reunion album, Siberia feels similar - this is a band that's flown mostly under the radar, and they never feel bored or ever comfortable with their sound. This far into their career, Polvo is still tinkering with their sound and playing with their formula.
Many trace modern math rock's roots directly to Polvo's work in the 1990's, and even though the band has disavowed the classification, it's descriptive of their sound.Read more ›
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amazing that they could take a decade plus long break and come back with this. the best polvo albumPublished 1 month ago by leonard thigpenfoldsworth
I’m not sure how this band does it. Each album is just as good if not better than the last. Very enjoyable from start to finishPublished 20 months ago by Bobby Sherwin
Polvo is one of my top bands of all time forever and ever. I love this new offering from them, I hope they are going to continue making music together for years to come!Published on June 20, 2014 by Brenda G. Love
A perfect Album.
Hope to get more music soon.
All the member are musical Geniuses including the drummer that was chosen since In Prism.