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Exploring the ethereal soundscape that is Win by Polfer

Polfer are back with their impressive new track Win which drops on Friday 17th July.


You know that smug feeling you get when the young athlete you backed begins to receive the acknowledgement that they’re due, or when that aspiring young actor that you tipped for stardom gets their big break?


Yeah, well I am full of all the smugs this week. On the 20th December 2019 we released Part B of the Cathedral Music Podcast 2019 Year in Review, and we concluded the episode by each choosing an artist to watch for 2020. At that time, Polfer had released just one track, but what a track. ‘Howl’ had dropped on 12th November 2019 and I was completely taken by the rhythmic and meandering melodies, the dynamic structure and the adventurous yet complementary musicianship. It was clear we had very competent and talented song writing on our hands. This one track was enough to convince me that a bright future and big songs lay ahead, they had to be my 'one to watch' for 2020, a choice that is fully vindicated with the drop of their second incredible track of the year ‘Win’ which arrives on Friday 17th July. Hence the smugs.

As the music intensifies it is matched by the impressive vocal delivery which brings the order as its anthemic narrative of hope carries searing declarations of ‘You always win.’

‘Win’ is an epic, ethereal track which carries some of the atmospheric mystique typically found in the music of Icelandic juggernauts Sigur Ros and Bjork. A fitting tip to the content of the song which embeds itself in the context of a confused, hurting world but provides the hope of an all loving Creator who brings purpose and healing to all of the chaos; surely the biggest atmospheric mystique of all time?

We caught up with Polfer to chat about this track and they embellished on the story behind the song “The world is in limbo. In the midst of a global pandemic, social and political unrest and economic turmoil, God remains our only constant. He saw this coming and knows how it will end.” A point which is carried throughout the song with lyrics such as “You built us for glory and not for defeat”. Polfer concluded by stating that “One thing we can always count on, in the end, God will always win.

The track starts off with atmospheric and busy keys, a drone and a harp, all of which combine together to create a beautiful yet unsettling sound, that continues to build and intensify throughout the song, with reversed samples, eerie synths and reverberated percussion almost reflective of the social/political/economic unrest that is slowly swelling up and escalating in our global culture. As the music intensifies it is matched by the impressive vocal delivery which brings the order as its anthemic narrative of hope carries searing declarations of ‘You always win.


After the shuffling indie beats of ‘Howl’ Polfer showed off their electronic/alternative side in ‘Holy Lamb’ which arrived in February and now we have the mystical ‘Win’; each track increasing in intensity and providing a different perspective of Polfer's new and exciting soundscape. A band that need to be on everyone’s radar.


Polfer: Instagram | Spotify

We are playing and reviewing the track on our radio show 'Cathedral Music Presents' on Saturday 18th July 1pm GMT - listen via the app or website.


Written by Josh Wheeler

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