“Yes, It’s True” Polyphonic Spree Returns with Its 4th CD

14 Nov

Polyphonic Spree

 

The Polyphonic Spree is a 23-member indie choral symphonic pop-rock band from Dallas, Texas that was formed by lead singer, Tim DeLaughter, in 2000.

When the band first burst upon the music scene, it soon became a campy choice for placements in TV programs, movies and advertising campaigns. The Spree was heard in several episodes of Scrubs and in Las Vegas as well as in feature films such as The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Thumbsucker. Many talented young musicians have gotten their start as part of the band, most notably Annie Clark, who has gone on to release several solo CDs and a recent collaboration with David Byrne under her stage persona, St. Vincent.

Now, a decade later, the Polyphonic Spree has released its fourth full-length CD, Yes, It’s True. DeLaughter’s muse seems to be music from the Golden Age of rock and roll radio before MTV, and that inspiration is quite apparent in this CD. Many of the tracks pay homage to the familiar stylings of artists from the 1960s and 1970s.

“You’re Golden” is a beautiful piano ballad featuring DeLaughter’s polished, yet real delivery that is reminiscent of David Bowie in his heyday. The next track, “Heart Talk,” is even more Bowie-like — right down to the saxophone licks, reverbed vocals and clackers.

“Carefully Try” is melodic and fully orchestrated with a strong hook. As the song ends, a prototypical FM DJ smoothly says, “Ah yes, the sounds of the 70s from the Polyphonic Spree…” The CD opens with “You Don’t Know Me,” excellent indie pop-rock with a bit of a retro sound.

The band lives to perform (in floor-length robes appropriate for its choral symphonic heritage, most of the time!) and its music is saturated with such positive energy that one is not sure whether it’s all a big put on or the real thing. But real or not, the Polyphonic Spree has produced another CD that’s worth a listen.

 

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