Polaris – The Mortal Coil – Album Review
Polaris has an excellent record of bringing powerful tracks in each one of their albums. Their debut of full-length album The Mortal Coil, released on November 2017, puts Australia in the Metalcore’s world map. The band announced this release on November 2017. This album review explores the artist’s songwriting process as well as the amazing sonic features of this album. This quintet from Sydney began performing in or around 2013. They released their first EP titled Dichotomy in 2013 and followed up with a second EP titled The Guilt & the Grief in 2015. Both EPs were independent releases and are available for streaming on Spotify.
Polaris: Meet the Band
The Mortal Coil’s album cover shows a woman sinking into a deep body of water. Rose petals follow her as she drops down to her watery grave. A pocket watch previously held by the woman also sinks with her and the rose petals. This brings her feeling of giving up and despairing. Hopelessness is part of some of song’s lyrics for this album. But the inner fight become each song’s main subject.
Album’s Song List
Three Awesome Tracks
Lucid – The first track of the album sets the mood to what’s coming up. It is a powerful, loud, and emotional. Lyrics explore the thoughts of those fighting to stay and feel alive. The Remedy – The second track hooked me in right away. It holds a memorable riff and powerful performance, making it my favorite song of this record. Relapse – This is the album’s trademark song for me. The songwriting, rhythm base and complex guitar work enchants everyone listening to it.
Lucid – Promotional Music Video
Critical and Analytical Listening
Understanding what makes a song good or bad implies listening to it a few times and checking how we feel about it. My analysis uses three different tools supporting my feelings about a song or album. I use an algorithmic tool to visualize audio features. Following, I learn about the song’s structure, chord progression and how the melodic and dynamic contour interact. Last, I place the single or album in an imaginary music market. I combine placement strategies, product advantages and market analysis to find the volume of the ideal target audience. Often, we just buy a song we like and that’s pretty much it. I do it, but my decision to buy a record is emotional. Music connects to me and vice versa. This emotional connection is what makes me buy an album. However, there’s some science behind that connection and this analysis gives an understanding of why a song or album appeals to us. Let’s begin the analysis and find out what I personally like Relapse by Polaris the most.
Sonic Features and Comparison
Relapse by Polaris – Lyrics
We find very emotional lyrics describing two possible struggles. The first is the constant fight against depression and the second is also the constant fight of getting sober and clean. Both are wars that unravel in our mind and both lack a visual ending on the horizon. The lyrics describes a person feeling hopeless in this fight. The mind battles with him as he hopes to sleep it off and “wake up when it’s over.”
The Mortal Coil’s – My Rating
Emotional Connection: 4.5
Find out more about Polaris:
- Polaris. (2019). In Spotify. Retrieved from https://open.spotify.com/artist/0v2e0oznnTaIXKLGKHphfX
- Polarisaus. (2019). In Instagram. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/polarisaus/