Avant-pop star Caroline Polachek will begin work on a new album project “Desire, I Want to Turn Into You” in several countries (and tour with Dua Lipa), rethinking what the album cycle means in the process.
At a residence birthday party in Rome now not lengthy ago, Caroline Polachek heard a music that struck her deeply. “Ti Sento” (“I Hear You”), the 1985 single through Italian pop crew Matia Bazar, is height Eighties Europop kitsch: sparkling synth-pop paired with big, operatic vocals.
Polachek thinks a lot about divas (she loves Celine Dion for “how she exists as an icon, and how pure and comforting and stable that is”), and the overall performance via Matia Bazar’s singer, Antonella Ruggiero, grew to be a primary touchstone for her. “She’s simply giving everything, and the music climbs up greater into these different keys,” Polachek says.
“There is this feeling in her vocal overall performance that her eyes are gonna fucking pop out of her skull, it’s so intense. It’s like she’s being electrocuted. That tune type of grew to be a flashlight for me in phrases of the place I desired to go and what I desired to try.”
Polachek hopes to have her personal diva moment, of sorts, with her upcoming album, Desire, I Want to Turn Into You, due February 14. Polachek desired to create some thing physical, songs that can unfold thru your total physique and make you experience the way she felt when she first heard Matia Bazar. “I desire to push again in opposition to ephemerality,” she says.
Polachek is on the 0.33 — and arguably first-class — act of her career. In 2008, her crew Chairlift struck indie-pop gold when their single “Bruises” used to be featured in an Apple spot. The singer later set out on her own, releasing cerebral solo experiments and writing for stars like Beyoncé.
Polachek’s first album below her given identify was once 2019’s Pang. It’s grow to be the most celebrated work of her career, for exact reason. She partnered with producer Danny L Harle, an early signee to label and musical collective PC Music.
As the label carved out a house for pop’s authentic maverick weirdos, Harle grew to become high-quality for his classically pristine pop production, evident on collaborations with Charli XCX and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Working with Harle, Polachek operated on the outskirts of pop trends, displaying off her almost operatic vary amid catchy hooks and experimental production.
Pang nearly fell sufferer to horrible timing: It got here out in late 2019, and Polachek used to be simply heading out on tour as the pandemic struck. On March 11, 2020, she performed what would be her ultimate exhibit for a while, at London membership Heaven. “I got here down with Covid two days later, earlier than lockdown even began,” she recalls. “By the time I was once properly again, journey was once impossible.”
Polachek and her boyfriend, the artist Matt Copson, ended up residing in London for a yr and a half. As success would have it, Harle lived there, too. Polachek considers Desire to be a fundamental partnership with the producer, with few different collaborators in the mix. “I realized very rapidly that all I wanted for the album used to be simply me and him,” she says.
A new hassle arose: In mid-2021, her immigration attorney known as to say that the Manhattan-born Polachek used to be at threat of what she calls a “pretty serious overstay” in the U.K. Naturally, she resolved the problem via taking off to Spain with Harle and Irish Scottish producer Sega Bodega in tow.
They recorded at a studio she knew of, basking in the “incredible atmosphere” of a freshly reopened country. She even made a new friend, Arca, the Barcelona-based experimental pop artist who’s labored with Kanye West, FKA Twigs, Rosalía, and the Weeknd. Arca and Polachek would attend raves together. “Suddenly, the world of the track had emerge as fused with my reality,” she says.