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707 The Glorious Couch Life by Pollen

The Glorious Couch Life

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Greg Wales

The Glorious Couch Life by Pollen synthesizes American and Australian indie rock sounds and attitude into a catchy debut album

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You're forgiven if you tried to search for Pollen on the internet and struggled to find this band. Besides the numerous bands named Pollen, there is also the issue of their debut 1998 album The Glorious Couch Life not appearing on streaming services, rendering it hard to find for the average music listener. That's a shame, because throughout the record, Pollen finds the combination of indie rock energy tinged with a little garage and some danceable rhythms, topped with catchy melodies and smart lyrics. Shades of American bands like Superchunk, Guided By Voices, Beck, Death Cab For Cutie, and Sebadoh peak through, as well as Australian contemporaries like Screamfeeder, Ratcat, Ammonia, and Moler, permeate the sound, from the propulsive "Greater Than" and "Sin as Fast as You Can" to the angular "Walruses to Whales" and quirky "Settle the Score on the Dancefloor."

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Million Destinations
  • 12:25 - Sin as Fast as You Can
  • 16:18 - Brighter Day
  • 21:28 - Settle the Score on the Dancefloor
  • 25:08 - Soma and Nerves of Steel
  • 27:56 - Special Features
  • Outro - Not Rocket Science

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