Caroline Polachek – Desire, I Want to Turn Into You

Caroline Polachek stretches the boundaries of the surreal as she explores her desire for desire itself on her compelling new record

Album Review by Anita Bhadani | 17 Feb 2023
  • Caroline Polachek – Desire, I Want to Turn Into You
Album title: Desire, I Want to Turn Into You
Artist: Caroline Polachek
Label: Sony Music, The Orchard, Perpetual Novice
Release date: 14 Feb

Caroline Polachek knows how to create a great earworm – and well, she's hardly lacking experience. With a career spanning nearly two decades, first in Chairlift, and in more recent years as a solo artist, she's had time to experiment, cultivate and nurture a unique sound. "Bunny is a / Bunny is a / Rider / Can't find her", she rhythmically repeats alongside whistles and harmonises on Bunny is a Rider. Who is Bunny? And where is she riding to? It hardly matters; the glimpses of insight scattered across the album form a compelling energy nonetheless.

This album is littered with strangely beautiful imagery: "Pity the mayflies in the swimming pool at dawn" she sings nonchalantly on Pretty in Possible, elsewhere evoking "blood and butter" as a metaphor for desire and need. Polachek, after all, reveals in the album title alone her desire for desire itself – to not simply feel desire, but to be it – and in her unabashed quest she proves unafraid to stretch the boundaries of the surreal. Her vocal delivery characteristically forms a part of the instrumentation. Here it reaches new heights, stretching and searching, reaching fever pitch, fully encapsulating what it means to be possessed by desire in all its rawness.

Desire, I Want to Turn Into You is an exciting new milestone for Polachek, leaving us anxiously craving for more of her vision in years to come.

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