Tuesday, May 15, 2007


"Man Overboard"

I can’t tell if Polytechnic’s debut album Down Til Dawn is really as awesome as I think or if it’s just one of those sugar-rush type satisfactions. I’m willing to put my money on the former, but I haven’t absorbed it enough to draw any final conclusions. Let it suffice to say that it’s really good, and that “Man Overboard” is a gem amongst many. Polytechnic sounds like a band about to come apart at the seams, or maybe it’s just lead singer Dylan Giles reckless delivery, which is similar to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Alec Ounsworth. It’s a beautiful thing and somewhat refreshing. If you wanted to, you could easily draw similarities in the music as well, but this would be a lazy comparison. You could just as easily recognize the bands knack for hooks and steady guitar riffage. “Man Overboard” makes use of piano to anchor the songs waltz timing. Add some high-pitched “oohs” under Giles’ emphatic barking and you’ve got some sort of infectious shipwrecked shuffle. Before you know it, they peel back the noise and what was once hard, accented “oohs” have becoming soothing, as if to apologize for all the fuss they caused earlier. Consider them forgiven.

Download >>Man Overboard

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