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A modest five-song set to tide fans over until the next album, Wait proves that Tim DeLaughter and the Polyphonic Spree are not standing pat with positive vibes and simple yet soaring songs. “Mental Cabaret” is dense, jumpy, and almost frenetic, featuring an overall ‘80s alt-pop vibe. The Psychedelic Furs’ “Love My Way” fits perfectly in the Spree’s flowing robes, holding up admirably under the weight of a vibrant, fleshed-out arrangement. “Sonic Bloom” is a DeLaughter song from his Tripping Daisy days, and it now sounds like an obvious Spree precursor. But what to make of their cover of Nirvana’s “Lithium”? The track opens and closes with the soothing tinkle of a piano, while DeLaughter sings the verses as if backed by a chorus of schoolgirls — a bit odd for sure, but they capture the anxiety, conflict, and urgency of the original. “I’m Calling” is a piano-driven pop ballad and a grand, shimmering sonic waterfall in the “classic” Spree style. DeLaughter sings with earnestness and innocence, his sunny chorus lifting him up: “When I’m in the light I feel OK,” they sing, “even when I’m down.” Perhaps things aren’t all sweetness and light for the Spree these days, but the added tension only seems to have broadened and deepened their sound.

Customer Reviews


Buy it just for the cover of the Nirvana song. Nobody has ever managed to make a depressing song sound awesome and uplifting in the way these guys doo. When he sings "light my candles in a daze cause I found god" he turns the cynical nihilism of Kurt's line into something genuine and blissfull.

Lithium will blow your mind

Get this EP for Lithium, which really shouldn't work, but does. How can this dark and sticky song be turned into something so positive, inspirational and joyful? I don't know, but they pull it off. I've been forcing everyone I know to listen to it, and they all agree it's a thing of beauty. I'm hoping they'll make this a regular in their live sets, as it'll be thrilling to hear with a huge crowd singalong. The other songs on this EP are also top notch...get it, and support the Spree...they have many mouths to feed!

Lithium's definitely the highlight...

... but Mental Cabaret's good too. I'm a real fan of both versions of Nirvana – there's a world of difference between them, though.


Formed: 2000 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

When the Polyphonic Spree first appeared in 2000, the Dallas symphonic pop group was as much a band as a "happening," in the 1960s sense of the word. The Spree's two dozen members took the stage in flowing robes of snowy white, an appropriate backdrop for their happy and uplifting blend of pop, orchestral rock, and minimal touches of gospel. The costumes changed over the years, but the Polyphonic Spree's message remained...
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