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Polymer

Plaid

Polymer

Tenth full-length studio album from the London-based electronic techno duo Andy Turner and Ed Handley

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Warp
UK Release date
07/06/2019
US Release date
07/06/2019
  1. 8.0 |   All Music

    Polymer is one of Plaid's most successful hybrids of organic and artificial sounds, matching its ambitious themes and concepts with enlightening music
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's rhythmic patterns and twisting beats are surprising throughout, making the record as unpredictable a voyage as the times we live in. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Theirs is a cerebral electronica, characterised by slippery time signatures, off-kilter drum patterns and baroque flourishes. Their 10th album, Polymer, distills all these traits. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Now they can add ominous to their established repertoire of complex and simple
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    By successfully tying the tracks to culturally relevant, apposite themes, Plaid's Polymer is one of their most strikingly accomplished albums to date
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  6. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    On Polymer Plaid may have foregrounded a darker, discordant side to their production, but this has allowed for a much greater sense of cohesion and freshness in their work when combined with the lightness of touch that the duo are known for
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  7. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Plaid’s contemporaries from the early ’90s are in very different places now, with Aphex Twin incorporating styles footwork in his new releases and Autechre progressing further and further into uncharted terrain. This album, however, is from a duo mostly content to amble down memory lane
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  8. 6.6 |   Resident Advisor

    There are melodies and some grand gestures, but the lack of tension and dynamics makes Polymer feel empty
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