Polly Scattergood – “Arrows” (2013)

Label: Mute Records

Review by Luisa Mercier

“Arrows” is the sophomore album of the English singer-songwriter Polly Scattergood. I confess I never heard of her before, but when I got assigned this review I went on YouTube and checked her single “Wonderlust” and I immediately got the vibe that she was really interesting. Actually, she is. “Arrows” is a very beautiful record, sad, melancholic and dark. And that’s what I usually look for in music. I absolutely loved the ethereal, eerie atmosphere, her thick vocals, the strings throughout the tracks.

It is an album that may appeal to a wide range of listeners, also to gothic/symphonic metal lovers because the dark component is quite great. Listen for example to “Cocoon” or one of my favourite “Disco Damaged Kid”, that have keyboards, soft electronica and this beautiful voice of hers.

“Falling” is a more uptempo episode, but it can’t be defined positive in mood, even though I absolutely love the keyboards in the chorus. At the other extreme there is the following “I Have a Heart” with her whispered vocals and her quiet music. Absolutely recommended if you want something to listen during rainy days and when you are having a more nostalgic moment.

Rating – 80/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Cocoon
  2. Falling
  3. Machine
  4. Disco Damaged Kid
  5. Colours Colliding
  6. Miss You
  7. Subsequently Lost
  8. Silver Lining
  9. Wonderlust
  10. I’ve Got a Heart

 

Line Up

  • Polly Scattergood – Vocals, music

 

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