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567 Today's Active Lifestyles by Polvo

Today's Active Lifestyles

Touch and Go Records
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Bob Weston

With 1993's Today's Active Lifestyles, Polvo creates a guitar-centered indie rock album unlike almost any other from the decade

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Out of the fertile Chapel Hill, North Carolina scene emerged Polvo at the start of the 1990s. Their sound is lumped into math rock, a term the band themselves reject, but the elements are there - progressive rock filtered through an indie lens. On their 1993 sophomore album Today's Active Lifestyles, you'd be hard-pressed to find any evidence of Jethro Tull, Yes, or Emerson, Lake & Palmer. But King Crimson meets Sonic Youth? Now we're warmer. Guitar lines criss-cross with noise and bends that lesser bands would likely turn into a messy dirge, while Polvo create a singular sound unto themselves.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Sure Shot
  • 20:25 - Thermal Treasure
  • 30:11 - Action vs. Vibe
  • 39:42 - Lazy Comet
  • Outro - Gemini Cusp

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