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Intriguing electronic duo Pola Women land on Rework’s Exlove label with a fantastic new six track EP.
This duo is made up of Desiree Lune alongside Michel Kuebler, a pair who are split between Berlin and Stuttgart and are inspired by the aesthetics of 80s disco and cinema. Desiree is a singer and writer working on various different projects while studying art at the Kunstakademie Stuttgart. She is used to performing on stage and links here with Michel Kuebler, who is part of electronic bands Rework and She Lies and is adept at crafting synth-based songs and innovative drum machine loops. As Pola Women, the pair create manic rhythms and explore pulsing, immersive sound worlds that combine new wave synthscapes with a signature krautrock beat.
Desiree surprises throughout with haunting and icy vocal lines, they’re melancholic and super cold and come in both German and English. That is the case from the off with excellent opener ‘Disco Disco.’ Her vocals glide over the chattery percussion and tight synth rhythms that are made to make you move. ‘Walking Home’ is a brooding and downbeat gem, with sombre chords and dejected vocals over more stark drum loops that hark back to the sound of bands like Joy Division and Depeche Mode.
There is a dystopian but absorbing atmosphere to ‘Toxic Women’ with its frazzled chords and tinny hits, then ‘Express’ gets a little more playful. There is a hint of disco dazzle to the melodies, while big piano chords lift the mood as synths fire across the mix like shooting stars. The chilly retro chords of ‘Never Ever’ get you in a trance as rugged arpeggiators make for a tough groove that is softened by more great vocal work from Desiree. An instrumental version of ‘Disco Disco’ closes down this EP in chugging Kosmische style.
‘Disco Disco’ is an EP of retro-future, synth heavy songs that are strikingly emotive and brilliantly visceral.
Artist: Pola Women
Title: Disco Disco EP
Label: Exlove Records
Release Date: 2021-11-24