And suddenly everything comes together. Polemica’s new album …and now… comes from the heart. It will inhabit the walls of the rooms in which it’s played. Review.
…AND NOW… – POLEMICA
The drums throb and awaken the guitars, which, in turn, shiver.
Hilary Binder’s vocals breathe life into the lyrics uniquely, showing how raw they are in form and shape. It is human violence, pure and anxious, bearing some hope and pain in equal measure. Paranoia, the very first track, is like that. Intense with its repetitions. Musically vivid and poignant, it is an experience that brings together as much as it can hurt. Later, War is Anachronistic does the same. The Vote, sampling some protest noises, is slightly softer and a relief. It’s a message, a demand, a calm storm, chill, and, therefore, powerful. Bad Habit finds itself at the juncture of these two worlds. Meanwhile, Row v Wade (hey, don’t touch that) gets into the game of repetitions of lyrics, in a craze that is emotionally intense. Beautifully politic, this song, about the abortion laws in the US, sounds like a hymn.
From there, the project gets even bigger. Binder’s experience is smartly combined with those of Giulio Marino on the bass, Vincenzo Vik Di Santo on the drums, and Zilvio on the guitar. The result is a mix of influences of funk, rock, jazz, pop, and noise. With its demanding atmosphere, with more or less urgency, it’s an album that packs a punch. In fear or hope, Polemica wants to fight and open the debate.