A more insecure band might feel compelled to self-assure by blocking off the outside world. Instead, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke invite modern contemporaries Dev Hynes, Charli XCX, Sia and more for a record that puts the ‘new’ back in New Wave. Harry’s vocals still shimmer with the spunk they showed on Blondie’s self-titled debut, full of allure, mischief and mystery, and swaddled in arrangements that bring churning punk riffs and vibrating synth melodies together. Pollinator confirms Blondie are still the life of the party.
Pollinator is out now on 6 x 7″ vinyl boxset, regular vinyl and CD via Liberation.