O-Money Reviews: Caroline Polachek’s “Desire, I Want to Turn Into You”

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Owen Starnes

 Caroline Polachek is a pop singer at its most vague definition. Her music is catchy and fun, with hooks that are easy to get stuck in your head. But if you listen a little closer, you’ll hear interesting textures and experimentation that differ from the typical “pop” sound. In my opinion, Polachek could (and should) be the new face of pop music, her music consisting of what makes pop appealing (catchiness and singability) and discarding the boring, predictable, and corporate sound of many popstars. That’s why I was so excited for her new album, “Desire, I Want to Turn Into You,” which came out on Valentine’s Day this year. The album absolutely does not disappoint. Polachek carries with her all of the things that made her debut album “Pang” so good: the beautiful production, catchy hooks, interesting sonic experimentation, and strong aesthetics. But this album includes stronger songwriting, making every song on the album feel complete and exciting.

This album takes inspiration from several genres of music, such as trip-hop and flamenco, while keeping traditional pop sensibilities. Every aspect of the album comes together to form pop perfection. Along with the interesting lyrics and catchy hooks, the production is very impressive and finely crafted. Even on less involved songs like “Hopedrunk Everasking,” the production manages to shine through and remain complex.

My favorite tracks from this album are “Welcome to My Island,” “Bunny Is a Rider,” “Sunset,” “Blood and Butter,” “Butterfly Net,” and “Billions.” I especially love “Bunny Is a Rider.” The chorus from that song has been stuck in my head for a couple days, and I’m happy with that. Overall, this album receives my seal of approval. Listen to it!