Boomkat Product Review:
Mazy, full of shadowy surprises, Time Is When is the wickedly curious and hypnagogic début album from Polido, an enigmatic Portuguese artist in possession of a broad palette of electronic, instrumental and field recordings, and a proper knack for hypnotic arrangements and sequencing.
One of a great batch of releases on Chicago’s Lynn label, the chicanery of Time Is When unfolds in surreal narrative ellipses peppered with cryptic signposts that will surely leave the listener in a very pleasing somnambulant state.
Across its 14 tracks the album is prone to drift off at angles with no explanation, only to return us in stranger yet familiar dimensions. It’s a bit like they’ve drugged and kidnapped us, slung a bag over our head and put us int he boot of a car, and all we’ve got is the soundtrack-like flux to locate a sense of time or space. Let the mystery unfold…