POLKOV have come on leaps and bounds musically since the first time we featured them back in June last year. A lot has happened as well in that period. The six piece are now signed to Phonotron, the result of Sonobelle Recordings and Zita Records joining forces, and they are set to be the very first band released on the new label.
Their music has taken on a new level of professionalism as well in that time. It is rounder, fuller, more wholesome, but the early musical influences are still very prevalent. „Kamaro‘s Song“ is the first single of the upcoming, self-titled debut album, which will be released in Austria on October 24. Check out their glossy new video below.
POLKOV‘s songs often combine pop, country and alternative rock elements with three-part folk harmonies and witty lyrics about coming of age, sci-fi, lucid dreaming, physics, romance and video games. Their music reminds me of the easy-going indie pop of the early 00’s, when bands like The Thrills and The Magic Numbers dominated the airwaves, and the word “hipster” was still in hibernation, waiting for its chance to take over the world again.
For the album itself they collaborated with the likes of pedal steel guru Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Norah Jones) and jazz saxophonist Heinrich von Kalnein (Marc Ribot) on the 11-song long player, which they partially recorded live in an old „Schlager music“ studio. Let’s hope the ghosts of Austrian music past didn’t rub off on them too much.