‘Light And Day’ is so gloriously positive and infectiously happy that I am surprised it’s still legal. For the unenlightened The Polyphonic Spree are a 25-piece band complete with a choir and brass section to accompany the keyboards, guitars, bass and harp. They are a striking sight too in their matching pristine white smocks.
What this mighty ensemble play is a kind of gospel meets alt.country. Always uplifting, and with a force of personality that takes it’s grip on you instantly and would have you sending money to a P.O. Box of their choosing should they ask you to. ‘Light And Day’ is an excellent example of their wares.
The first of the remixes sees the Bees take the Spree downtempo with their reworking of ‘Light And Day’ by stripping the track to it’s bare bones and stretching the vocals into a ethereal monastic hymn.
For the finale Stereolab give ‘Soldier Girl’ a sweet, nursery rhyme cum 1970’s TV theme twist that makes you smile like a loon while bobbing your head about and people stare at you on the bus. Or that could just be me…
Label : 679
Release Date : 10 February 2003
Website : www.polyphonicspree.com