Polly’s House by Jordan Sommerlad: Album Review
Jordan Sommerlad’s album “Polly’s House” is a brilliant take on the indie-pop/rock genre. Everything in this nine-piece collection feels enriching, and the melodies are immensely polished. Instrumentally, the album has a soothing combination of gritty guitars and uplifting percussion segments.
Jordan’s instrumental synergy captivated me instantly, especially in tracks such as “Hologram.” The song’s pleasant vocal production and reverbed guitar bits were a dynamic sound to hear. Due to these facets, a sense of nostalgia worked its way to my senses. The music of the 1960’s played a crucial part in my upbringing. From bell-bottom jeans to Woodstock, the colorful essence of that era was a tale frequently told by my folks. The album’s nature often pertains to that vintage time period, especially the singer’s classic voice which vibed with it. Moving on to heavy hitters such as “Stay” certainly proved that the artist’s creative endeavor was solid. The entire piece was a sensational journey full of atmosphere. I felt completely in tune with the transitions, and as the tempo rose, a delightful psychedelic guitar solo took form. Gotta give mad props for that phrasing and tone, it was musical bliss at its peak!
From a 60’s aesthetic to an 80’s inspired tune, the cadence of “Panic” arrived. Contributing to a fitting exit from the album, this track had a futuristic resonance to it. Accompanied by minimal guitar and bass sequences, the singer’s final stand was met with a touching ode.
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Review by: Damien Reid