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Polvo - "Fractured (Like Chandeliers)"

Guitars careen off in all directions, particularly towards the east where Polvo has clearly picked up a melodic trick or two. The sound is heavy and squished into the foreground, immediate and visceral. Albini's production adds monumental force to the sound of the bass drum. The lyrics are articulate and sung with an easy sense of dynamics and melody; the vocalist is not intimidated by the power of his band. All of this in combination with the scream at 2:52 makes this song inappropriate for babies and the weak of heart/mind.


The Spinanes - "Kid In Candy"

It's appropriate that the lyrics of "Kid In Candy" revolve around "West Coast weather" and "sun," as the music is most definitely evocative of those two phenomena.

The programmed clicks and castanet claps are blindingly bright reflections on the straight highway that is the bossa nova bass line. The highway disappears into the horizon, collapsing into the guitar line slithering up the middle of the road like painted white lines. In the distance, the impressionistic keyboard is the setting sun.


I have the flu. Soon I will give in and die.

Posted by Jordan at November 17, 2004 12:29 AM

jordan: don't give in and die.

Posted by george at November 17, 2004 10:01 AM

Being from NC and going to school in Chapel Hill you're required to love the 'Chunk, but in my humble opinion Polvo were the best thing my home state ever produced (besides Cheerwine). A great choice from the catalog to boot. Thanks!

Posted by David at November 17, 2004 3:34 PM

great songs...I've always loved the Spinanes...

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Yeah, sorry man. The comment blacklist has almost 2500 things you can't say in the comments (spam commenting is an enormous problem on this and many other blogs). Some of the more blanket violations are ...well, I just discovered I can't tell you, I'm not allowed to type them. But there are some regularly used words that have been banned, so maybe your info has one of those words. My sincere apologies.

Posted by Dan! at November 17, 2004 6:38 PM

i've always loved Polvo. So happy to see that it wasn't a dream, and that other people were listening. The production isn't as good as I remember, though. A little reedy. Whatever became of them? Didn't the guitarist or the bassist date Mary Timony from Helium, and then join that band? Polvo's loss. And does anyone remember the band Lotion? For some reason I have them and Polvo in the same mid-90s mental space, but Lotion was much more pop, but they were also trying to pull off the math rock/melody trick.

Posted by Karl at November 17, 2004 10:08 PM

Man do I like the Kid in Candy tune. How can you not smile whilst listening to that song? The bass line will stay in your head for days (of you let it!)

C'mon Rebecca. Release another CD.

Posted by Tom at November 18, 2004 2:18 PM

I always get Polvo and Polara confused.

As for being the best thing NC ever produced... Mitch Easter, sez me.

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