Pretty Pollyn

Los Angeles band relase the hauntingly ethereal and bass heavy debut album 'This Little Night' and talks music, UNKLE and videos with Dazed

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Coming out of LA, Pollyn’s lounged out sound resonates with the more subtle, beautiful side of the city, rather than the ADD beats or banging electro that has been dominating their heaving, sweat fest clubs. Maybe it’s a slightly more matured approach from a band that has played together for almost ten years. Or perhaps the creative diversities that make up the group, from vocalist Genevieve Artadi’s jazz articulations to guitarist Anthony Cava’s punk rock background and producer Adam Jay Weissman’s hip hop influences (who’s worked with Guilty Simpson and Masta Ace) and film director CV (Stussy World Tour, check out the awesome video for Still Love). Whatever it is, Pollyn’s debut album 'This Little Night', out now, is both hauntingly ethereal and bass heavy, a mix of Knife-like cinematics with a chugging after party vibe befit of the range of remixers that appear on the EP series. This includes In Flagranti, dEbruit, Blue Daisy and Blu Jemz. Keeping up we have a Dazed exclusive from LA’s club king Them Jeans who shakes up a blinding remix for Pollyn.

Dazed Digital: Has music always been a creative outlet?
Adam Jay Weissman: Music and film. I went to film school and have been making films since I was a kid. But music is more spontaneous. You can go in the studio and write, record and mix a song in the course of a day. I guess you could do the same with film, but it would probably suck.

DD: Your music has a subtly and a beauty that goes against a lot of the ADD music in LA.
Adam Jay Weissman: We always go for a warm, but heavy sound, that isn't abrasive or too electronic sounding. We do have a hard time finding similar bands to play with in LA.  
Genevieve Artadi: Thank you! Subtlety and beauty have so far been important to us in our aesthetic. Who knows if this will change, but I know that when I hear a piece of music in which the parts make sense with each other and the structure has a good flow, I feel my own abstract emotions start to make sense.

DD: What’s the story with the music you wrote for UNKLE, Masta Ace, Guilty Simpson?
Adam Jay Weissman: UNKLE was a song I recorded with Ian from The Cult called When Things Explode. He brought the song to UNKLE and they re-made it for the album. For the Ace and Guilty tracks, they were for a project I was working on before we finished the Pollyn album. I wasn't sure what was going to happen with the band, so I started working on a project with a bunch of different vocalists.

DD: Let’s talk about the Still Love video, how many images did you end up working with?
Adam Jay Weissman: I wanted it to work like the Visualizer feature in iTunes, but taken a few steps further. I like the way the music controls what is happening on screen. We shot Genevieve in front of a black screen, giving us a totally blank canvas. Then we took the individual tracks from the song and assigned specific effects to them. The way those tracks behaved, determined how the effects behaved. For example, if a kick played louder at a certain point, the effect would be stronger. After the effects were chosen, we went through to make sure everything made sense together, visually. When that was perfected, we hit render and 72 hours later the video was finished. The way we did it, you could technically remix the video the same way you remix a song and it would look completely different, if you used different instrument tracks.      

Pollyn "Still Love" from Pollyn on Vimeo.

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