When electronic outfit Polo initially sprung to my attention three years ago, it was the band’s creative musicality that made the most impact, consequently prompting me to write about them. During the intervening years to the present day, I’m pleased to see them carry on in this vein and not bow to current music trends. Creating something with a unique alternative electronic spin to call their own, is no better demonstrated than with the ultra-cool and seductive electronics on “Louder Than Words“.
From a stylistic perspective, there is nothing loud about “Louder Than Words“, instead, dark dream pop with elements of glitch, and lo-fi electronics are what makes it sound so good. Even the distorted, wobbly beats are pleasant. The emotive melody lines, complement the hypnotic, soulful vocals with a sweet slickness.
While the chilled, electronic swagger of the track will appeal to eclectic musical tastes, and to those looking for a more sophisticated electronic pop offering than you’ll likeliest find in the top 40 music charts.
The intimate theme of the song see’s Polo’s Kat McHugh drawing from the familiar proverb ‘actions speak louder than words’. The singer explains, “The song is about trying to find the right words to say to someone that you’re close to before there is a big change in the situation.” Further commenting “It highlights how hard it is to find the right things to say when I had a million things running through my head, but also finding comfort in knowing deep down that those true feelings were shown through my actions.” The union between these reflective lyrical narratives with the stylistic dreamy sound is a winning formula of gritty, yet polished electronica that’s dipped in a shimmer of art-pop glamour. Seamlessly, producing a genuine stand out track for the band.
Polo are going on tour! Dates are below, for ticketing information see HERE.
17 April – Manchester, Gullivers
18 April – York, The Fulford Arms
19 April – Hull, The New Adelphi Club
21 April – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
23 April – Newcastle, Jumpin Jack’s
24 April – Nottingham, Rough Trade
26 April – Sheffield, Cafe Totem