The release of Polyrhythmics' full-length album Libra Stripes in 2013 propelled the group into appearances at major festivals across the country and fueled extended tours North, South, East, and West, energizing dancers and fans of creative groove music everywhere. Now they follow up with Octagon, a cinematic album that builds on the funk and Afrobeat sounds of their previous work with psychedelic layers and fiery rhythms that will continue to get audiences out on the dance floor.
Their third full-length album is another strong piece of evidence that the band has a story to tell unlike the funk bands of the past and different than any band on the scene today. From the electrifying 3-piece horn section lines to the infectious interplay between the members of the rhythm section, each track takes the listener on a visceral journey, from section to groove-infused section. No just for vinyl heads, not just for dances, Polyrhythmics make music in which listeners will get lost, get hyped and get down.
The palette for the hard-driving modern Afro-psycho-beat sound is built around the relentless rhythm of Grant Schroff and Lalo Bello, the heart thumping bass lines of Jason Gray, the intricate phrasings of Ben Bloom's guitar, the searing avalanche of keyboard colors from Nathan Spicer and the melodic hooks and soaring solos from the horn section comprised of Scott Morning, Art Brown and Elijah Clark.