Oh my blue life is like a fragile falling leaf—you crushed it—so forget you walked away so casually.
4. 1. 16
Polyenso have far distanced themselves from their roots as the post-hardcore band Oceana. Their clever and unique fusion of pop and alternative have made them one of the most brilliant unknown bands out there. Their debut record, One Big Particular Loop, was solid; however, it felt more like an album which fit a small and extremely specific niche when it came to the audience it could truly reach. Pure in the Plastic (album may contain explicit content) is a far more accessible record without sacrificing any artistic liberties or creative genius.
The track 17 New Years opens the album with arguably the most catchy chorus on the album. This song was the first single released a while back and instantly made me excited for the record. The song I.W.W.I.T.I.W. sounds extremely reminiscent of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience. Both Not My Real Life and Every Single Time explode with finesse through their booming intro’s, both carrying their own unique form of swagger throughout the rest of the song. For me, Let It Go stands as the most powerful track on the record. There is an evident tension in the relationship both within its existence and desire to continue. And I don’t like that I know you anymore. Why did I waste all my feelings? Tell me. And I don’t like that I love you. Wait, yes I do. I’m a fool in amazement of you. If I don’t fit in the puzzle, then tell me now. And if your heart is a flower, let it bloom. If you like all the flavors of my kiss, hold on to me closer, or let it go. The song has the f-word in the chorus, but it is used in what I would argue to be a fitting and appropriate place. Similar to Mumford and Son’s Little Lion Man, the word is used to portray a message of messing up completely in the relationship. I have been there, knowing that I ruined my relationship and am truly sorry for the mess I made of it. And although I believe many times other words can be used to describe extremely poor decisions, recognizing but we f***** up somewhere badly can be the most honest way of taking responsibility for one’s actions. I don’t want to feel as though I am pushing any one to abandon their convictions, so even if you stand by not listening to music with bad language in it, Let It Go is the only song with any swearing in it (just skip it). Don’t let your dislike of one song ruin what is, in my opinion, one of the best releases of 2016 so far.
For Fans Of: From Indian Lakes, HRVRD, My Epic, Circa Survive
Favorite Songs: 17 New Years, /// (A Pool Worth Diving In), Every Single Time, Let It Go, Moona Festival
Top 10 Potential: Yes
Album Cover: 7/10
What are your thoughts on the album? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? I’d love to hear what you are thinking. Was there another album released this Friday you want to recommend to myself and others to listen to? Feel free to post any thoughts or recommendations below!
Other Notable Releases
Bibio – A Mineral Love
Hammock – Everything and Nothing
Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness
Album Artwork: http://milkcrater.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/polyenso-artwork.jpg