Venetian Snares Aaron Funk teams up with Joanne Pollock, working under the name Poemss for the release of their debut self-titled album. The new album sees the two musicians and song-writers teaming up to create an incredibly unusual and eclectic mix of synth-pop, dream-pop and perhaps trip-hop, resulting in a very odd yet satisfying album experience. ‘Poemss’ seems to float along slowly around a mix of unusual and odd instrumentals, accompanied by very peculiar vocals that work well for some odd reason. It’s perhaps very inaccessible music, though there’s a great amount to enjoy from these two artists.
‘Poemss’ doesn’t come across as an album that fits into any one category. At times it sounds like typical synth-pop, but every now and then something will slowly crawl its way in, throwing everything into a new dimension. What seems to make ‘Poemss’ work as an album is how everything flows incredibly naturally, whilst the music itself sounds very unusual and almost unnatural. The album seems to demonstrate elements that work incredibly well together, whilst still contrasting with each other in obvious ways. At the forefront of it all is the very unusual vocal style, which ranges from Funk’s deep and dark baritone whispers, and Pollock’s wavy and airy calls.
There’s a lot happening on ‘Poemss’, which at times can be a little overbearing and troubling at times. As an album it all seems to work very well, but the main problem is that the songs featured on the album are either really good, or not worth bothering with at all. There’s no middle ground in many of the songs, which feels weird and unusual. Certain tracks on the album don’t seem to live up to the album itself, resulting in sadly disappointing experience from time to time. Luckily, the majority of the album is very enjoyable, though it’s still marred by the inclusion of a few weak tracks.
Poemss have a very weird and unusual style in their own branch of synth-pop music. At times, it might feel a little inaccessible and perhaps too weird, but there’s still something very satisfying about the whole thing. ‘Poemss’ seems to come across as an album that will be very polarizing, either being absolutely adored by certain groups of people or hated by others. It’s still an enjoyable album though, and if one finds themselves enjoying even one of the tracks being presented by the band, then they’ll most likely enjoy the whole album. Yes, it’s weird and unusual, but that’s never usually a bad thing. If anything it makes it all more interesting and exciting.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
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Poemss debut album ‘Poemss’ is out now.