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Before singing up with Touch & Go and ending things in 1998, Polvo released a couple of their best albums on Merge in the early ’90s. Others may disagree, but to my ears it never got better than Cor-Crane Secret, Today’s Active Lifestyles, or the Celebrate the New Dark Age EP. It’s fitting then that after their ATP resuscitation the group’s resigned with Merge for their first record in over a decade. In Prism’s out in the fall and at least judging from the lead track “Beggars Bowl,” the mathy noise-rockers are still in fine, angular, all-over-the-map form. In fact, it sounds like old Polvo, down to the chanted lyrics and swirly dissonance. There was always something elegant and clean about these guys. That’s there, too. Even in the album art.


The tracklist:

01 “Right The Relation”
02 “D.C. Trails”
03 “Beggar’s Bowl”
04 “City Birds”
05 “Lucia”
06 “Dream Residue/Work”
07 “The Pedlar”
08 “A Thousand Waves”

In Prism is out 9/8 via Merge. Before that, remember to catch the guys at Merge XX.

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Comments (9)
  1. Bootyfish  |   Posted on Jun 18th, 2009 0

    YES!

  2. Second best Math Rock band, next to Slint. I still give Today’s Active Lifestyles a spin every now and then. I am so looking forward to this.

  3. Second best Math Rock band, next to Slint. I still give Today’s Active Lifestyles a spin every now and then. I am so looking forward to this.

  4. Damn, 500 Days of summer got all my daily read sites…p4k, HRO, Daily swarm, but got you guys the worst

  5. preeetttty cover

  6. anonymoose  |   Posted on Jun 19th, 2009 0

    man, i missed these guys. i got to see them last year (thirteen years after i’d last seen them!) in new jersey and they were RIDICULOUSLY good. ash bowie is a sweet guy and i’m so glad to see them back together doing what they do best and doing it as well as they ever did.

  7. Love the polvo  |   Posted on Jun 24th, 2009 0

    “Now we just bought a sitar, so be prepared!”

  8. Agent Atari  |   Posted on Jul 28th, 2009 0

    First of all, Polvo is just great Indie Rock. Math Rock is a tired slogan, Art Rock is probably a more appropriate term. Second of all, SLINT…UGGH. lol. That’s all I can say. Polvo rules.

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