Polo have released their brand new single ‘CLUBLIGHT’, the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming debut album A Place Between States out October 22nd.
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‘CLUBLIGHT’ takes aim straight for the dancefloor with a hypnotic pulsing beat, seductive vocals and pumping bass playing like a cross between Charli XCX and Tinashe.
Regarding the single singer Kat McHugh says “’Clublight’ is inspired by the type of nightclubs spread across mainland Europe that are often found in abandoned power stations or across the Eastern bloc. The nightclubs where ideas of sex and gender are dissolved, hedonism is encouraged, and that are so exclusive you have little chance of getting in unless you’re willing to let go of all your insecurities.
The song was written at a time where access to those spaces was impossible, so it comes from a place of longing and a wishing to return to it. The lyrics explore the excitement and myth of these nightclubs, and of the feeling it brings to come together with other people in a place where every person can truly let go.”
A Place Between States finds Polo seamlessly traversing the electronic pop sphere. It features previously released singles including the poignant down-tempo ‘A SOBERING THOUGHT’ and the pulsating R&B tinged ‘HOLOGRAM’.
Elsewhere ‘ERASE YOU’ is a twisted industrial dipped track with a vocal air of iio’s ‘Rapture’, while more beautiful sparse moments as found on the title track and ‘WE RECOVER’, which get as close as you can to a ballad on a Polo record while breakout electronic synth explosions are never too far away. This is demonstrated in the warped, chaotic yet ultimately composed pop tracks ‘SPOTLIGHT’ and ‘VISUAL HEART’ reminiscent of the likes of Arca.
“The album has given us the breathing space to explore ideas and concepts we’ve not yet been able to when releasing singles; we finally have space to be ourselves as a band without limitations,” says Luke of their hopes for the forthcoming release. “Every band is defined by their first album; this is us establishing who we are.”
A PLACE BETWEEN STATES TRACK LISTING
- ERASE YOU
- YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A STAR
- A SOBERING THOUGHT
- A PLACE BETWEEN STATES
- MY CRAZY MIND
- VISUAL HEART
- WE RECOVER
FURTHER INFORMATION ON POLO
Bonding over a shared attitude just as much as their shared musical interests, it’s this spirit of determination and a willingness to break the mould that infiltrates Polo’s ethos and their output as a band. Yes, Polo want to show that you can craft sonically-rich, nuanced synth-pop while keeping a self-produced, independent mindset, but they also want to extend that out to the messages they’re writing about, too.
“I feel empowered when I see something that is changed for the better by a human being or as a result of a group of human beings,” says Kat. “There’s a lot that needs to change and I want to do my bit; a part of that is telling stories through my music and doing that whilst being my truest self.
“I’m influenced by strong women, by LGBTQ+ culture, cultures around the world, nature and passion,” she continues. “I love experiencing little things that make me burst into tears for an unexplained reason like Thom Yorke’s ‘Anima’ video, because then you know it’s a message you needed to see. I’m an empath who takes on a lot of emotion, so my lyrics are always from when I’ve been made to really feel something.”
Since the release of their debut EP Alice in 2017 the band have earned critical plaudits from the likes of Noisey, Wonderland and Stereogum, plays on BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 1, and notable festival appearances at Reading and Leeds, The Great Escape, Live at Leeds and more. Now with the release of their forthcoming debut album they are set to build upon their high praise with a record perfectly encapsulating their unique sound and message.