Boomkat Product Review:
Reimagining Steve Reich’s ‘Music For Pieces Of Wood’, a collaboration between Minneapolis electronic pop band Poliça and s t a r g a z e, a Berlin-based chamber orchestra interested in pop and electronics.
"The first of a pair of records from this collaboration, this release sees them take minimalist pioneer Steve Reich’s ‘Music For Pieces Of Wood’, corrupting its polyrhythms across a continuous twenty minutes of music, pushing the boundaries of both artists in a truly engrossing and transportative collaboration.
The second release in the series will be a more song-based album, containing new material and inspired versions of unexpected pop songs, turned inside out to expose their essence.
The first official s t a r g a z e release on Transgressive was a pioneering re-interpretation of the music of the alternative experimentalists Deerhoof, ‘Deerhoof Chamber Variations’, which led to the fulsome and controversial takeover of the BBC Proms for the David Bowie night, which saw s t a r g a z e collaborate with artists as diverse of John Cale, Elf Kid, Mark Almond and Anna Calvi, amongst others, to celebrate the astounding and at times contradictory, music of this soulful, inspirational polymath.
Poliça have themselves blazed a trail across the modern musical landscape: across their three albums of dark, personally political pop they have distorted the conventions of production and form to create deeply affecting songs that claw into your consciousness."