Kelley Polar - I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling (Environ)
Kelley Polar’s second LP is nowhere near as deep as its predecessor, but his desire to embrace poppier elements and full songs at the expense of depth is not necessarily a bad thing. The album bobs along with an 80s electro-pop swing in its step and it would be nothing without classic Polar post-disco soundscapes and uplifting string arrangements. Polar, a classically trained viola rebel and member of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, who play primarily in war-torn places, has enlisted the talents of Morgan Geist to mix the album once more and the lack of super-deepness may be in part down to Geist’s own touch. The album is incredibly listenable, with highlights including a key led groover entitled Entropy Reigns (in the Celestial Sky) and the taut stringed Rosenband. Even though, the individual tracks don’t imprint themselves on the mind as easily as older songs such as The Rhythm Touch or Here In The Night, this long player is still worth investigating.