The Sydney duo (Novak on vocals and guitars, with drummer John-Henry Pajak) are walking that walk with bells on, as new album Now We’re Cookin’ hurls from disco-rock to soaring pop while Novak’s muscular melodies run effortless ring-a-rosies around sparkling, electric guitar-led instrumentation.
At half-way through the tracklist we’re delivered a perfectly disparate pairing: the romantic wash of No Heaven (“You make me feel/ Like I don’t need no heaven”) begins tenderly, building until the wave breaks and Novak’s voice cracks with emotion. On its heels comes Whack, the album’s indisputable centrepiece; it’s a funk-thumping creature with syncopated drums right up front, and Novak’s elastic voice flinging shapes through the rhythmic gauntlet: “Stay calm, don’t fight/ Nothing matters tonight,” he intones in playful spoken-word fashion, and we wouldn’t dream of arguing the point.
Closer F-ck Off & Die proves the approach is just as successful when disparate elements are mixed within the one song; Novak accompanies himself on electric guitar only, and delivers savage lines (“Why don’t you just f-ck off and die/ You’re like a needle through my eye”) in the most beautiful, warbling croon.
Polish Club outrun so many of their peers due to their uncontainable energy, but it’s their curiosity that ensures that stamina continues to bear the juiciest of fruit.
Now We’re Cookin’ by Polish Club is out August 13 via Island/Universal.
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