Polypores’ Best of 2015
Photo: Polypores live at Beats of Rage Credit: Robin Hill
2015’s been an almighty year for Stephen Buckley’s Polypores project. A steady stream of self-released EPs and Soundcloud exclusives, a sublime cassette on Concrete Tapes and a flurry of live sets beginning in the autumn have seen him really establish his haunted, decayed, often psychedelic take on electronic music. There’s news too of a vinyl release due in the spring – keep ’em peeled.
After a tremendous live set at our last party and a killer DJ set in the back room (listen to that here) we got in touch with Stephen to get the lowdown on his favourite records of the year.
Not Waving ‘Negative Reinforcement’
Technically not released this year, but it was re-released as part of the Voices double album, which is where I first heard it. Like a lot of the Not Waving tracks, it’s got a mystery to it. It sort of sits in this strange place between sleeping and waking, between different emotions. That choir sound at the end…
Pye Corner Audio ‘Prowler’
Probably my favourite track from the new album. I love how he works with quite a limited sonic palette, but with the patience and skill to make something simple excellent. The album is a real grower. There’s a real menace to it, some of which I think comes from how sparse it is. Excellent production.
Teeth Of The Sea ‘Field Punishment’
Saw these guys at Concréte earlier in the year. Amazing. They sound like Ennio Morricone with a drum machine. The album is great, but hardly does justice to how good it is live and loud.
Cats Eyes ‘Coat Of Arms
From the soundtrack to “Duke Of Burgundy”. This song really gets me. In some weird psychedelic nostalgia kind of way. It feels like I’ve known it since I was a child. But is that from a dream or a memory?
Lo Five ‘A Constant Source Of Light’
I’ve liked Lo-Five’s stuff for a while but I really love this track. He’s done some interesting things with the percussion that sounds like a building collapsing.
It Follows was probably my favourite soundtrack of the year. It references a lot of the classic horror soundtracks (don’t we all?) but still manages to sound fresh. That melody is gorgeous.
Blanck Mass ‘Dead Format’
It’s just insane this. The first Blanck Mass album was really pleasant. This is not. This is messed up. Listen to that voice. Is it even a voice? What is going on? Am I dying?
Nurse Predator ‘The Slowest Descent’
I could have picked any track from his “Dark” collection. The album was made at least 10 years ago, but was only released this year. An amazing and often terrifying collection of music. This is the last track, and it’s restrained melancholy is pretty overwhelming once you’ve listen to the rest of the album.
Impulse Array ‘Witchspace’
Impulse Array’s latest is dark and dirty. My favourite thing he’s done so far. It sounds like an empty Soviet spacecraft hurtling into oblivion, the voices of Cosmonaut ghosts echoing round the interior walls. Void music.
The Black Dog ‘MK Ultrabrite’
I really like the new Black Dog record, reminds me of Boards Of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest but about 30bpm faster. The production is superb. Such a good balance between tight, clean precision and dirt/distortion. Absolute masters at work here.