Polock - "Freak City" (video) (Premiere)

by Brice Ezell

8 May 2015

Nile Rodgers-esque guitars meet M83 synths in the latest video by the Spanish indie group Polock, the dance party-ready "Freak City".

Having been featured on NPR Music’s World Cafe as an “Artist of the Week”, Spanish indie outfit Polock have already garnered attention from numerous online outlets for their undeniably catchy take on indie pop. Although they’ve often been likened to Phoenix—by this very publication, in fact—with their latest video, “Freak City”, Polock channel two other artists in particular. In terms of guitar tone, “Freak City” is all about that Nile Rodgers single-coil sound, the kind revived by Daft Punk on their 2013 monolith of retroism Random Access Memories. Additionally, the synths that form the backdrop for these guitars in the verses bring M83 to mind. All comparisons aside, though, “Freak City” is a good time in its own right, and a dead ringer for any ‘80s-themed parties.
The band breaks down the video thusly to PopMatters: “The good, the bad, and the cute, somewhere in the future, under the moonlight, through the dancing crowd. The band plays as they bleed on the dance floor. Anything can happen at ‘Freak City.’”

“Freak City” features on Polock’s last record, 2014’s Rising Up, available through Nacional Records.

Topics: indie rock | polock | spain
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