We’ve been waiting for this news for some time: Toronto bedroom pop explorer Joanne Pollock is releasing her first full-length album! We were immense fans of her 2015 EP Optimist, one of our very favourite records of that year. “Carnival,” the first song to emerge from the forthcoming Stranger (out June 16) sees Pollock getting contemplative over an intoxicatingly complex beat. It’s a highly intelligent experimental pop tune that feels effortless, despite charting a course that follows no familiar rules or comfortable forms. We can’t wait to hear what the whole album has in store!
Joanne Pollock‘s debut EP boasts some surprisingly intricate arrangements with shimmering waves of vintage synths and complex analog drum machine programming. Joanne’s misty voice commands this legion of electronics through clouds of airy reverb and echo. From start to finish, Optimist is startlingly fresh, beautiful and extremely captivating to the ears. It’s difficult to listen to this EP without getting completely lost in the music and drifting away to sparkly synth daydreams.
Optimist is available now from Bandcamp.
Mix: Best of September 2015
1. Tops – Anything
2. Quinn Read-Baxter – Without You
3. Ben Gunning – Live in Love
4. Brendan Philip – Ghostface
5. Gang Signs – Mate
6. Mesa Luna – Don’t Let Go
7. Century Palm – Valley Cyan
8. Scary Bear Soundtrack – Victoria Island
9. Violence – Illusions Vives
10. Cocobeurre – Golden Youth
11. Joanne Pollock – Might Be Wrong
12. L Con – The Distance Of The Moon
13. Majical Cloudz – Silver Car Crash