How much does a band name matter? Would Oasis have been has huge if they were still called ‘The Rain’? What if Radiohead were known as ‘On a Friday’? Such was the dilemma faced by ‘Soft Science’ a few weeks ago upon learning of the existence of their musical doppelgangers. Nevertheless, presumably after many a beer, the Utah four piece have emerged reincarnated as ‘Polytype’.
Their first single ‘Refract’ serves as an ideal statement of intent, a delicate blend of synth and electronic tinkering that makes for immersive listening. Fuzzy, echoey vocals glide through crisply manufactured sounds, peaking beautifully towards its conclusion. An additional festive treat is provided in their unique ‘Winter Lullaby’ which exhibits a delightful sensitivity in its simplicity, with enough electronic caresses to ensure a sense of depth as well.
Both tracks are available to download for free whilst the album ‘basic//complex’ is scheduled for release in February next year. You can listen and download below before heading over to Polytype’s newly redesigned site to check out what else they’re up to…
Written by Joe West