Friday, June 19, 2009

Thanks for Not Changing, Dudes: New Track From Polvo

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 1:01 PM

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I think we've sufficiently found ways to cream over Polvo here on the Cream, and now's just another reason to keep on creaming, thanks to a new Polvo track posted on Stereogum.

Yes, they are a band from the '90s-core Chapel Hill scene from back in the day. Yes, it's totally college-core to like them. Yes, the vocals were always mixed too low and each song could have been at least five separate songs. Yes, they were repetitive, and yes they were often sloppy and the lyrics could get pretty banal at times. But it was also the sort of beautifully discordant music that you could get lost in, high as a kite or not. And for all its math-rock prowess, it managed to stay heady and visceral at the same time. For all you fashion haters, Polvo looked like just a bunch of regular dudes you'd see playing video games at an arcade.

After 10 years, the band has resigned to Merge to release a new record--it's called In Prism, it's out Sept. 8 and the track "Beggar's Bowl" will appease any old fan looking for a new fix with all the old tricks. I'm not a guitarist--shocker--but what I always loved about Polvo was their devotion to the following things, guitar-wise:

bendy parts

loopy parts

swirly parts

angular parts (yes, angular)

pretty parts

dissonant parts

stabby parts

other-worldly parts

Check it: Polvo - "Beggar's Bowl" (MP3)

Wanna see them live? Take a road trip to Chapel Hill for the XX Merge festival July 22-26 where you can also catch Spoon, Superchunk, Destroyer and the likes of Spent (ah, Spent! Songs of Drinking and Rebellion!).

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