Polinski, otherwise known as Paul Wolinski, is best known to me as one part of the noise band 65daysofstatic. Up until yesterday, I was totally unaware that Paul also has a solo career under the Polinksi banner, creating love letters to various swatches of IDM. Approaching his third album, Polinksi has turned his attention towards his love of the 90s IDM scene, VHS tapes and YouTube synthwave channels. He wanted to create music that yearned and searched for a utopia, not on another planet but here on Earth. The message behind the music is that the world is what we make of it and we could make it differently if we wanted to. Polinksi cites anthropologist David Graeber’s quote as a building block for this work.
That ethos of rebuilding things already in existence translates across to the music. Polinski creates beats and glitches from all kinds of sounds and whilst the music may have an alien quality to it, it certainly exists from a homegrown synth. This comes together fantastically in the lead single ‘Distance Friend, I Love You!’ which encompasses ambient basslines, skittish breakbeats and wiry synths communicating vocal snippets through them. It’s a wild ride and the visuals provide a more utopian look at social media.
‘Distant Friend, I Love You!’ is the lead single from the forthcoming album ‘Telex from MIDI City’ and the single is out now. ‘Telex from MIDI City’ will be released on the 24th February and we’ve been told to expect a lot of fuzzy growls and hiss along with those blissful melodies and beats. For more info on all things Polinski, visit his website.
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