To many music fans, the word progressive is a dirty one. Seemingly sullied by the self-indulgent ideals of '70s concept rockers with too much time, money and LSD on their hands. In the case of Polar Bear however, the term couldn’t be much more fitting. With each release they somehow manage to find new depth, new variety, new inspiration and above all a renewed sense of innovation and fun. Sure, they may not be to everyone’s tastes but then, who cares? Surely that’s what being ‘progressive’ is all about!
Starting up the machine at Buzzin Fly HQ again, Ben Watt puts new creative endeavours on hold (a forthcoming memoir has been nominated for the coveted Samuel Johnson Prize) to focus on some new remixed versions of tracks from his recent album, ‘Hendra’. Enter production buddies Ewan Pearson and Charles Webster to rework the ‘Golden Ratio EP’, both finding killer results. Webster effortlessly words a signature deep house tone as Pearson does a fine job editing the jaunty new-wave album cut, ‘Nathaniel’.
Considering Clark’s glitch-ridden back catalogue this teaser for his seventh LP is remarkably lucid. The glitch remains but with more fluidity.
You have to hand it to Simon Green. He keeps coming up with the goods. He always seems to keep it fresh too! If you listen to his first/early releases on TT and listen now, there is a wealth of difference. Yes, it still shares that same great production, that detailing, layering and complexity, but listening to ‘Flashlight’ and you get a real sense of just how much he has progressed as an artist.