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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Polyphonic Spree - Mental Cabaret

“I'm on my way"

After the career stall that was Together We're Heavy (though not a terrible album in its own right), Polyphonic Spree quietly released an EP of covers and samples from their upcoming release. What's amazing about it is that the ginormous (and slightly crazy...surely going for the "crazed cult" fanbase) band has jettisoned their bloated songs in favor of more straightforward pop music. I always thought that Polyphonic Spree could be an awesome pop band, and I was right. Mental Cabaret is the most direct thing they've done to date and is a fantastic song. In fact, they're starting to sound a bit like Arcade Fire, another current quirky, classically inspired band. It will be interesting to see if the band will have any mainstream success with their new material.

mp3: The Polyphonic Spree - Mental Cabaret
zshare: The Polyphonic Spree - Mental Cabaret

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. If you like what you hear, support the artists! Buy the EP here)


Blogger Steve said...

Very nice!

I've always liked Polyphonic Spree. I just love the whole cult-ish aspect to them and 20+ people trying to sing pop music is just awesome!

If you don't know (but you probably do!), you should check out Tim DeLaughter's first group, Tripping Daisy. They were a very good power-pop band in the 90's that didn't get nearly enough recognition. (Besides their music, I really like the name of their best album, "Jesus Hits Like The Atomic Bomb")

9:56 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

One of the tracks on their new ep, Wait, is actually a cover of a Tripping Daisy song!

5:00 PM  

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