Guest Playlist: Polarize share their weekend soundtrack

Polarize

Alt-rock outfit Polarize have today dropped their Lucky Eye EP today. This is a tight collection of six songs, with sweet melodies and neat guitars. These are all well-composed tunes, great vocals and beautifully layered. This is an EP that is a joy to listen to from start to finish.

If you are after touchpoints to categorize their music, there is more than a passing nod to greats such as New Order, and more recently The Strokes. Having said this, they have found their own unique style, with lead vocalist Rudie Dood having just the right amount of ‘tude to stamp their mark.

The EP was written and recorded in Melbourne’s north. It was mixed by Colin Leadbetter (Leah Senior, Whitley, Girlatones) and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).

To celebrate the release of the EP, they have a show coming up at The Curtin in Melbourne. Details are below.

Here, you can listen to Lucky Eye in full

The band has put together a playlist to celebrate the release of the EP, which is a soundtrack to their weekends. Press play and have a read of this inspired list of epic tracks.

GL, Ex-Olympian “Endlessly”
Stumbled across this remix the other day and immediately loved it. I’ve always been a fan of GL, and try and get to a show when I can. This remix has a really lovely blend of classic soul and electronica. Couldn’t think of a better way to start a weekend than listening to this song. Check it!

David Byrne & Brian Eno “Strange Overtones”
I’ve started to really appreciate David Byrne/Talking heads. This song floods me with a wave of good emotions, I also love the fun and quirky lyrics.

Tony Allen & Damon Albarn “Go Back”
My girlfriend showed me this one. When I first heard it I thought it was a Good The Bad and The Queen song I hadn’t heard. But it turns out it’s from a solo album from Tony Allen(Fella Kuti) featuring the king himself Damon Albarn. I think these first three tracks fit really well together. Very soulful.

The Cleaners From Venus “Renée (Who’s Driving Your Car)”
A nice summery lofi number from Cleaners From Venus. Sounds like it was recorded with a shoe, but I love how English it sounds. The verse melody really reminds me of a summer’s day in Cambridge.

The Clash “Corner Soul”
You can’t go wrong with The Clash. There’s a lot to sift through on this Sandinista! album but I think this is a gem, a great representation of one of their many reggae esque tracks. Think sitting on the roof on a Saturday afternoon.

The B-52’s “Give Me Back My Man”
Don’t know too much about the B-52’s but this track stuck out to me when I heard it. Love the shouty vocal delivery on the chorus.

Gorillaz (ft. Fatoumata Diawara) “Désolé”
Very cool newish Gorillaz track, that I’ve had on repeat since it came out. It actually inspired me to write a song we put out last year called ‘Housebound’.

Cool Sounds “Crimson Mask”
Cool sounds put out such a sweet album earlier this year, we got to see them at the Brunswick Ballroom recently and it was the perfect way to spend a hungover Sunday afternoon. Love the Velvet Underground vibez.

U-Roy “Natty Rebel”
Heard this the other day on PBS while working my pretty mundane job and it was just what I needed in my hour of darkness. Every time I listen to dub/reggae I absolutely love it.

Daft Punk “Veridis Quo”
I feel like this song should be played at the end of every weekend ever. It’s sad but also hopeful for what is to come. It’s one final dance and release of euphoria before you have to go back to whatever you do during the week.

Polarize will be playing a show at The John Curtin Hotel, Melbourne, w Bad Bangs on the 9th April to launch the EP – tickets HERE
w Bad Bangs

Lucky Eye is out now. You can keep up to date with Polarize on Facebook, Instagram, Spotify and Youtube

 

Header image credit: Chris Nicolaou

Bruce Baker

Probably riding my bike, taking photos and/or at a gig. Insta: @bruce_a_baker

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