Artist: Polkka Love Machine
Title: Polkka Love Machine
Keywords: Dark Ambient, Drone
Reviewer: Johan Nederpel
This is the third of three releases on the Russian ZHELEZOBETON label I got in the physical mail about a week ago. The other two reviews can be found here and here.
This release is available on limited edition cassette and limited edition (77 copies) CDR.
I’m actually reviewing this release before the second release, which is due to the fact that it was on top of the ‘you need to review this’-pile of reviews. And I didn’t want to look for the other release. You’ll see that review after this one.
The title of the release maybe a bit misleading. Polka music is, most of the time, uptempo joyfull and has a lot of instruments. This release is anything but that. It’s slow, depressing and sometimes concists of only one drone and one sample.
Vocal samples in this release are really low, almost throat-chanting, drones. Combined with the other drones it sounds like a droney album.
The depressing part comes from these drones. It feels like you’re in the middle of a giant puddle of organic material which slowly pulls you under the surface. At the end of the album you’re chocking and anxiously trying to keep your head above the mud.
The sounds are really well thought over as they complement each other very nicely and never leave you wondering about the choises the artist made.
It may sound like this album iusn’t really great, but that’s not true at all. It has a certain eerie feeling that can also be comforting when you’re in the right mood. It is just that I wasn’t in a really depressing mood last week when I listened to the album a couple of times. It is also best experienced with a headphone to make it even more immersive.
Long story short: If you’re really depressed, or want to be taken down a giant pool of muddy drones, this album is yours to buy! If you’re not, still buy it and support an awesome label and an awesom artist.