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Polvo – Today’s Active Lifestyles (Merge) 1993

Posted in math rock, Music, Polvo with tags on May 3, 2008 by noisenoisenoise

There are albums that I return to again and again. Today’s Active Lifetstyles is one of them. Before Battles reinvented Math Rock for the new millennium, Polvo were the most visible members of a rather small club of math rock artists that existed around the early to mid-1990’s. I have already posted on their third album Exploded Drawing and although I really like that record, Today’s Active Lifestyles works for me a little more. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a little rawer than Exploded or whether i find the tracks more evocative than it’s follow up.

The sheer joy of Polvo is the complexity and denseness of the music they create. I think this record really capture Polvo at the height of their powers. It isn’t as sloppy and college rocky as their debut Cor Crane Secret and not as tediously dull as their final record Shapes. What you get is a sophisticated primer to math rock and probably one of my favourite records of all time. This may be heresy to some but I think it’s way better than Spiderland and a much better may of spending your hard earned dollars.

The only thing I can find from Today’s … is a short exert of Kimino.

Polvo – Exploded Drawing (Touch & Go) 1996

Posted in Music, Polvo on September 5, 2007 by noisenoisenoise


So last year I take some time off for the birth of my son. Between sleep deprivation and mild cabin fever became my music oracle. Now I can’t remember why the oracle said I should buy this but I did. It’s great. It’s all strange time signatures and arty-rock guitar and is reminds me of my love of mid-1990’s indie alt-rock.

Before I bought this all of the reviews said that this was a great example of “math rock”. Math Rock? I mean what the fuck is that supposed to mean. It would have to be the most stupidly named genre ever invented. So anyway I’m sitting here thinking about “math rock” and thinking to myself, “Hey this sounds a bit like Slint.” And like every rock nerd I really fucking like Slint and then I think well are Slint “math rock”? And then I think about Seam and think “hey Polvo kind of sound like Slint mixed with Seam. Are Seam “math rock.” Now this might seem like the most stupid post on what otherwise is a very stupid blog but this whole idea of “math rock” really fucking grates. So I look on amazon to see what year this record came out and I’m looking at the page for this record and fuck me if there isn’t some little comment about it being number eight of the most popular math rock records. Well la-dee-fucking-da I think to myself. So I look at the”math rock’ best sellers and Slint are there, Seam are there, Chavez are there, Rodan are there and the Heatmakerz. Who are the Heatmakerz you ask. I’ll reproduce a helpful amazon review as a hint: This album has officially dropped and is for real. The Rush is on point…razor sharp with the beats, with the rhymes whatever, ANY DJ! Worth a look, no joke…

The oracle is obviously on crack.

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