Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"Polyrock" - Polyrock

Polyrock was formed in New York City in 1978.  The minimalist sound of their first self-titled album, was made possible by the producing of Philip Glass and Kurt Munkacsi.  Kurt Munkacsi was previously Philip Glass' producer/technical collaborator on the soundtrack for the film Koyaanisqatsi and later Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters.  Kurt Munkasci is also known for his production and technical work with other 1970s/80s post-punk/new wave bands such as Bow Wow Wow and The Waitresses, as well as his work with heavyweights such as Harry Belafonte and Plastic Ono Band.  Glass' influence on the sound is apparent with synthesizers taking the lead and repetitious background melodies.

The self-titled album was released in 1980 after Polyrock had been signed to RCA Records.  They were compared by critics and fans to the music of Talking Heads, although they did not share the same massive fame.  Polyrock's most notable single is the album's opening track "Romantic Me."  The band's unique vocal stylings are rich and apparent, a sort of David Byrne meets Alan Jenkins, on tracks such as "This Song."  Take a listen below.  The first 30 seconds sound like they were ripped straight from The B-52s debut album.

"This Song" - Polyrock

Polyrock disbanded in 1982, but the search continues for their rumored Electro-Romantic album that was said to have been recorded or released in 1981.

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