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Pollyester – Catrina Remixes

 

 

POLLYESTER are punk and press phenomenon, favorite band and fancier crew, disco and Dada. Even James Murphy and Alex Kapranos agree with that, and those guys should know. After the marvellous “In My Boots” EP, the collective now sends “CATRINA“, a fascination born homage to the patron saint of “Dia De Los Muertes”. During these days the band is sojourning in Puebla (Mexico), in order to ban the local rites, solemnities and to us often strangely appearing ceremonies on tape and audio. In the meantime we are listening intently to the mesmerising adaptions of those finely selected sound creators, which have been conjured for this 12″.

ABE DUQUE’s remix compresses the beats downwards, stompy, reduced NY Ghost House is the attitude. Shadowy flakes of Polly’s voice echo through the background, a 303 seeks its way to the surface, where classic disco strings are already waiting to merge in pollyphonic beatitude.

HUGO CAPABLANCA has been a preferred candidate from the start. The disco edit and cosmic dub priest breathes in a touch of Caribbean voodoo magic. Percussions are rattling bewitchingly, purposefully selected bells and a mumbling bass line drive his more melodic variation forward.

The by far most sinister version comes from THE EMPEROR MACHINE, who has interpreted the track’s underlying message in its darkest form. Functional techno, almost in a Detroit apparel, pervaded with classic electro patterns. He radiates furthest from the original and transcends the floor burner “Catrina” into a peak time moment for a dark after hour club.

 

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Tracklisting Digital
1. Catrina – Album Version – 04:36
2. Catrina – Abe Duque Remix – 06:46
3. Catrina – Emperor Machine Remix – 11:54
4. El Dub de la Noche – Hugo Capablanca – 05:55

Tracklisting 12″
A1. Catrina – Emperor Machine Remix – 11:54
AA1. Catrina – Abe Duque Remix – 06:46
AA2. El Dub de la Noche – Hugo Capablanca – 05:55

Mar 032015
 

After the mindblowing record release party at the Kammerspiele Theatre in Munich, Pollyester have announced their tourdates for the upcoming months, including venues all over Germany, in Paris and at the MELT festival:

12.02. Zürich, Penthouse Gallery
14.02. Darmstadt, Foyer im Staatstheater
20.02. Mannheim, Nationaltheater Werkhaus
21.02. Murnau, Westtorhalle
28.02. München, Kammerspiele
05.03. Paris, Gibus
11.03. Dresden, Altes Wettbüro
12.03. Leipzig, Goldhorn
13.03. Kassel, Unten
14.03. Essen, Hotel Shanghai
27.03. Hamburg, Nachtasyl
28.03. Hamburg, MS Stubnitz
04.04. Stuttgart, Rampe
27.04. Linz, Crossing all Europe Festval
30.04. Nürnberg, K4
29.05. Hamburg, Golem
13.06. Berlin, Bassy Club, Torstrassen Festival
27.06. Innsbruck, Das Grand Motel Festival
16.07. Gräfenhainichen, Melt
18.07. Puch, Puch Open Air Festival
Feb 042015
 

I warned you all about this incoming storm.

The new Pollyester album is flying through the atmosphere like a storm of pink and gold glitter. It gets on everything. There’s something properly addictive about this album. It’s shiny. It’s glossy. It’s catchy as hell. It’s stand-alone pieces of perfection that are joined together by The Polly Effect (that wind of wordy melodies that counter-attack strong riffs and rhythms).

The beginning of the album is a slap in the face. The first three songs are basically candidates to make a new Concierge d’Amour coup d’état. I hope people pick up on the construction of 2328626 and the proper perfection of In My Boots. It’s such a fantastic sound…  Then we have Father’s eyes, which has such great You are Amen nostalgia in it…

*super cheesy scratching sound of interrupted vinyl lecture*

Ok you know what? I’ll stop comparing City of O to the first two albums, right now. It’s easy and not very clever, considering how different the eponymous album and Earthly Powers are.

Let’s do a Pollyester recap, shall we? Three albums, three ways of mixing colours together.

Pollyester by Pollyester (the yellow album, as I affectionnately call it) is all about jazz and crazy basslines and playfulness. It’s very punky, in a way. It doesn’t care what you think. How does it mixes colours? It’s a light show. Bold gestures of saturated colours bouncing together to generate lighter hues. Dark zones that grasp your attention and surexposition. The key to generating beauty is in the timing, the beautiful accidents and how a black-out (or a silence) can lead to the punchline, sometimes.

Earthly Powers is all about slapping you in the face with puns-based clever poems, while its music caresses you. The production of the album itself is way more complex, leaving room for kick-ass add-ons (djembe parties, chords, and all that jazz). How does it mixes colours? It takes coloured liquids of different densities, put them in a glass jar, shakes its content and watch as starlike speckles of liquid flirt with one another and slowly soften into clean lines.

City of O… is a different level of playfulness. It’s matured. It’s years and years of party craze and experience. It’s dance hits meet cosmic ballads, but glossier. There’s an addictive agent in this album. So, this one, how does it mixes colours? It’s watercolours, of course. Sharp experimented lines that are blended together with expertise to reveal a very well-planned realism and beauty.

Could City of O be the album of the Golden Age of Pollyester? I hope this album makes it big enough that people learn of Pollyester through it, and then go back in history and discover the other two albums. That would be awesome. It’s a beautiful Triptych. (Source: Émilie Gendron / http://munichagain.tumblr.com/)

Pollyester – City Of O

 

Pollyester - City Of OThree years have passed since the release of their debut album „Earthly Powers”. The international press celebrated Pollyester as an exciting mixture of Les Rita Mitsouku, Cosmic and Krautrock, and declared them top notch disco punk newcomers. Several tours in the US, Japan and Europe followed as a logical consequence and even Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and Mr. James Murphy himself quickly became fans of the quartet, which is now reloading with full force on its Disko B/Schamoni Musik premiere.

The City Of Orion, a reproduction of this mystical heavenly body, recreated by man in the Moroccan desert, has been a long time yearning place for Polly and her three band members and became the major inspiration for the album title. Many of the new songs circulate around the theme of “solitude” in all its facets but everyone who is now thinking of a barely accessible concept album is dead wrong, because also in 2014 the band sparkles in a fountain of unbound Punk / New Wave / Disco energy: This is where early Talking Heads hang around on a DFA bloc party whilst Tom Tom Club is jamming with Le Tigre in the background.

The opener “Cut Diamond” addresses that special second in which you realize a related chemical composition in your counterpart, and the two instrumentals “City of Orion I & II” are desert music à la Pollyester – the soundtrack for the band’s not yet realized trip to the origin of their longing. “In my Boots” is Polly’s offer for all matters of life: Stay strong in rugged boots – cowgirls stroll easier! And the four always got one eye on the dance floor as well, to be verified in “Catrina”, a song which is dedicated to the protective patroness of the Day of the Dead in Mexico: a marvellous cold fusion of Italo Pop, High Energy and 80s funk – surely not the only club hit on this record.

“City of O.” has become a brightly glistening album, yet it emanates tranquillity and sovereignty at the same time. “The best of both worlds” in the most beautiful sense of Pop. Adequately this album is the first collaboration release of Munich’s two most flamboyant musical wildstyle platforms: Disko B and Schamoni Musik.

BIOGRAPHY

The Belarusian born singer and bass player Polina Lapkovskaja founded Pollyester as a duet together with drummer Manuel Da Coll in 2007. Since 2011 Benjamin Brachtel (synths) has been a steady member of the band. While Polly was shaking up nightlife routines restlessly with her freaked out projects over the years – the Avantgarde Pop band Kamerakino and the highly successful party series Zombocombo are only two of the most important episodes –, da Coll travelled and played half the world with his Punk Brass band Labrassbanda and Brachtl set fire to the clubs with his “Tambien” productions. Benjamin Matthias, who made the trio grow to a quartet, is also a major influence to the band’s live shows with his sound effects.

QUOTES

“What makes this album really stand out is how it incorporates punk, disco and krautrock into the Cosmic sound – not to mention the smattering of Nico throughout. The result with ‘Earthly Powers’ is a mosaic of styles that offers a larger image of what the future could hold for electronic music; and it never gets lost in its references.” Electronic Beats

“Pollyester’s style buoyantly combines intense synth-pop with extremely well written prose and melodies so sticky they put used lollipops to shame. If you don’t believe the hype, take any song off of their long-player ‘Earthly Powers’ for a spin and your senses will be immediately flooded with mild euphoria…The balance between accessible pop and intense musical drama gives Earthly Powers its gravitational pull. Pollyester has managed to satisfy the brain’s need for sweet, low commitment hooks all the while stimulating the inner cranial synapses within the allotted 60 minute time frame. Pollyester consistently refrain from overindulging the listener with a barrage of effects maintaining a refreshing minimalism and intensity. Earthly Powers is a dramatic stage show full of striking elements and changes in mood. The complexity and accessibility is sure to elevate its status in the over saturated synth-pop genre.”  The Line Of Best Fit

TRACKLISTING

  1. Cut Diamond
  2. 2328628
  3. In My Boots
  4. My Father’s Eye
  5. City Of Orion I
  6. Change Hands
  7. Catrina
  8. Jalousie
  9. Fall Out Of Love
  10. City Of Orion II

Release Date : January 30th 2015
Format : CD / DoLP incl. CD

Cat # DoLP : DB170 / Indigo 992391 / UPC 8 80918 11701 0
Cat # CD : DB170CD / Indigo 992392 / UPC 8 80918 11702 7