Polvo, Exploded Drawing

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Exploded Drawing


Once blown off as Sonic Youth copycats (which is true of Celebrate the New Dark Age and "Bridesmaid Blues" from this album, though both are still great), Polvo came to be embraced as math-rock royalty with the excellent Today's Active Lifestyles. But to these ears, it's Exploded Drawing that ranks as the band's best album. While Ash Bowie and Dave Brylawski's vocals can take some getting used to (they're very '90s indie rock), they're secondary to the arrangements, which stick to regimented but improbable structures swerving wildly via key- and time-changes. ("Crumbling Down" illustrates the style wonderfully.)