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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.

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Well worth the wait

This is an incredible album. As a fan of both The Polyphonic Spree and Tripping Daisy, I mostly bought the album for "Sonic Bloom". However, I quickly fell in love with the whole album. It is not very often that I buy an album (even EP's) which I can listen to the whole thing. The three cover tracks present these great songs in a fresh light, especially in the case of "Lithium". The two original tracks are a great preview to the upcoming new album and into the evolving sound of the group. If you are not already a fan, this is a great introduction into the past, present and future of the band.


The Polyphonic Spree is back with an amazing new EP that showcases a new direction in their music! I haven't been able to stop listening to the two new songs! The are full of urgency and instantly grab you! The covers are great choices! The interpretation of Lithium truly rocks and nothing really tops Sonic Bloom! Highly recommended!


I just got to see these guys again opening for Matisyahu in Denver this past week, and I really wish they would have stayed on stage longer!! The live show is great, and say what you want to about any band doing Nirvana covers, but the crowd ate it up! Be prepared at the live show - the Spree have shed their robes and moved onto a black semi-military garb. As for this EP, its a great addition to my growing Spree collection. Great band, and cant WAIT for the Fragile Army in the next few months!!!!


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 consistent, drawing comparisons to the Flaming Lips and the Beach Boys with...
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