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During their initial run from 1990 1998, Polvo crafted a sound so fantastically obstinate and so perfectly cockeyed that its DNA is essentially resistant to mediocrity or repetition. On Siberia, that sound feels more limber and more aerodynamic than ever. Its songs glide and bob like UFOs, both serene and unsettling.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00EBDXXKG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,412 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While this may be Polvo's most direct statement in all their recorded history, it ranks with the best of anything the band has released prior to 2013. This may be easy to write, but let it be said, this feat of a band taking an extended break and returning with a great album, "In Prism" - and later a dare to be argued out right classic in "Siberia" - rarely EVER happens. It just doesn't. Real life intrudes, responsibility pulls creative energy to more domestic, well regarded directions - and that's alright, I would never wish my favorite band and empty existence all because their life is ruled by 'expected' albums and tours. That's alot of weight to pack on the shoulders of anyone. "Siberia" harbors the uniqueness, and surprise as their best "Today's Active Lifestyles" delivered, and yet their are a multitude of moments that leave the listener breathless. I would even argue this the album to convert underground guitar rock fans that have yet to hear the band. Your damn right I'm biased - Polvo has been my favorite band since the early singles (kitchen puff?) - my favorite show happened to be catching them in a tiny room above a sports bar across from Boston Garden so many years ago...just like a living room show, their was even a keg in the corner...leaving during Helium's set just so we could catch transit and make it back to Nashua, NH where I lived at the time...I hope they keep making music, I still cannot believe how relentlessly impressive "Siberia" is - I sincerely doubt any one album will beat this for the year's best release. On a side note, the bass playing is at an all time high, and is recorded fantastically to where it is featured and pulls your attention in without rolling all over the twisting, twining guitar impressions. 10/10.
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The comparisons to Polvo's loosest back catalog album Today's Active Lifestyles are apt, at least for the first side of Siberia, which sounds lively and wired. Polvo has always been a band capable of Zeppelin-like riff mastery, but unlike that hoary classic rock monolith they were never satisfied to let those riffs take center stage. Instead, left turns and musical density abound. It's mathy yet organic, and Ash Bowie has never sounded better on vocals than on their two post-reunion albums.

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!
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6th album from North Carolina band—solid, edgy indie guitar rock that rides a fine line between melody and terse, angular
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
core. --Excellent--
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I heard about this recording in Stereophile magazine. I listened to a few tracks and loved it. This is great stuff and great to hear some different style of music that is above what is out there in the mainstream. Highly recommend you give a listen.
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Here's the story of Superchunk: the four-piece band surfaced in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, releasing a string of great records in the 1990's. Although acclaimed by the musical community, they spent most of the 90's just bubbling beneath the mainstream conscious. After a decade of playing together, the band amicably split up to persue other projects, but they reformed in the late 2000's. They released a reunion album on Merge Records that was embraced by fans and newcomers a like, and in 2013, they're releasing their second post-hiatus album. This story should sound familiar because it's also the story of unsung indie-rock heroes Polvo.

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.
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