Sep 10, 2009 Web Exclusive
A beacon of vitality in the over-cerebral math rock scene of the '90s, Polvo ostensibly broke up in 1997 after releasing the polarizing, Eastern-tinged Shapes, a maddeningly ambitious record distantly removed from the avant-garde dissonance of their early discography. They've re-emerged with In Prism, and as far as unheralded reunions go, this one's a smashing success. It's a sprawling, psychedelic masterwork, rife with knotty tangles of discordance and serpentine riffs.
And when the majesty of the simmering dustbowl reverie "A Link in the Chain" finally comes to a seething boil, it becomes obvious that this band is the gloriously arcane link in the chain between Pavement and Sonic Youth, two longtime champions of the act. (www.myspace.com/polvotheband)
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