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Pang: Album Art from musician Caroline Polachek

DJ Young Link’s Review of the Album Pang by Caroline Polachek, released October 18th, 2019

NYC native Caroline Polachek first debuted as herself back in June of this year, releasing the ambient pop ballad “Door.” However, she has been working in the music industry for almost 15 years. Polachek formed synth pop duo Chairlift in 2006, and has stuck around since, whether it be a new pop project or production for another artist. After leaking teaser singles for almost four months, Caroline Polachek released the album Pang on the 18th of October.

The album starts off with “The Gate,” a fitting name for this atmospheric introduction track. Followed by the title track, which combines smooth indie pop with a quasi-dembow beat, a genre which more recently has been favored by pop artists. I admit that the album slows down for the rest of the A-side. I found myself getting a bit bored. That is, until “Insomnia,” which brings the energy back with an eerie, spacey drone behind Polachek’s enchanting vocals. From there on, the album is a banger.

“Ocean of Tears” is beyond catchy AND emotional, followed by “Hey Big Eyes,” which warms the listener’s heart after two pretty dark concept tracks. The temperature drops back down to cool with “Go As a Dream,” highlighting the passion and yearning in Polachek’s vocals.
In all honesty, I could talk about the last four tracks in vast depth, because the ending of the album is so powerful and flows oh so nicely. I would have to say it’s my favorite section of the album. But I want to leave you wanting more and let the music do the rest… so go listen!

Reviewer Colleen Rogers is an FM DJ and music enthusiast here at WFNP. On the air, she goes by Young Link. Catch Young Link’s show KNOWLEDGE every Monday night from 10pm-12am on 88.7FM or stream it right here on wfnp.org!

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