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Album Review

Celebrate the New Dark Age, the second EP from Polvo, is filled with the band's chaotic, twisted guitars and sarcastic, witty lyrics. "Fractured (Like Chandliers)" and "Tragic Carpet Ride" are two amazing guitar songs. "Fractured's" extensive whammy-bar use produces great hard-rocking, wobbling dissonance. "Tragic Carpet Ride" is a straight, hard rock song that perfectly intertwines the distortion of both guitars. The EP also has its lighter side with songs like "Virtual Cold," which is both melancholy and emotional, and "City Spirit." As always, Polvo backs up its swirling guitars with wry, intricate lyrics. A stand-out lyrical track is "Every Holy Shroud," which is reminiscent of Pavement.


Formed: 1990 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the most popular and accomplished bands in the arty, noisy indie rock offshoot dubbed math rock, Polvo touched on many of the genre's hallmarks: dissonant, intricately layered guitars that often employed alternate tunings; odd, off-kilter rhythms; an emphasis on dense sonic texture; and unorthodox song structures that, nonetheless, were often unconventionally melodic. Additionally, their music had a pronounced Eastern feel that came not only from the Indian and Middle Eastern-style drones...
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