Polvo: Siberia (Merge) - album review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Polvo is still doing what they do best, 20 years after giving us the gift of Today's Active Lifestyles. Which is to A) say whatever the fuck they want and B) explode your mind with inventive guitar work. Seriously, do these guys ever get their due guitar-hero credit? It's a crucial part of Polvo fandom, at least. It's all over Siberia, of coursethe doubled-up middle section of "The Water Wheel," the seasick riffery and drumstick-guitar trills of "Total Immersion," the exotic solo passages of "Blues is Loss" (or the live proto-metal jam that wraps it up), the what-the-hell-is-that guitars on "Light, Raking," and so much more wonderful left-field guitar interplay. 

It's all immediately recognizable as Polvo Guitar and wrapped in Ash Bowie's understated humor/pathos fusion on the mic. "It's no joke when you're chasing a bus/Growing older in a college town" self-deprecates it nicely, capturing all of our human-ness in a comedic visual worthy of the accompanying skewed guitar mastery. College town or not, embrace the uncomfortable bus chase. You, sirs, are goddamned statesmen. (www.facebook.com/polvoband)

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