Polyhymns write and produce a mixture of electronic experimental music and psychedelic folk songs and have been described as ‘equally chaotic and serene’ (@B4Tapes).
They formed in Sheffield in 2019 and comprise of Andrew Bolam, Gavin Harris and Sam Smith. All previously worked together in folktronica group Little Glitches.
Their debut EP was released on Do It Thissen Lathe Cuts in Sept 2020, and sold out in 40 minutes.
The band sent a track on spec to Sam Genders from Tunng, who then introduced them to Mike Lindsay (Tunng, Lump) and Geoff Dolman from Static Caravan. Mike sprinkled some magic dust on the tracks, and Geoff at Static Caravan is releasing the single on vinyl.
Both tracks were mastered by local Sheffield electronic music wizard Rob Gordon (co-founder of Warp Records).
Previous releases have received support from BBC6 Music, Resonance FM, Totally Wired Radio, Amazing Radio and the Independent Music Podcast
Another day, another record by Static Caravan, another introduction. Sometimes I wonder if a few musicians work together and crank out records under as many different names as they can think of behind the Static Caravan label. I can imagine someone saying, 'who's up for some psychedelic folk vibe from the 70s', but let's make it modern sounded with a few electronics?'. That is, of course, not the case, and Polyhymns is just a band/project which may have thought of that idea and recorded songs in that style. Two tracks on this heavy lathe cut record. 'Let Them Be Animals' has a lightweight rhythm and sunny electronics, with the vocals drenched with a bit of reverb, hazy and far away. I thought that this was the psychedelic element. On the flip is 'Down With The Kids', a more gentle guitar strumming set in a more rock group environment with bass and guitar and the voice receive much less of the good ol' reverb treatment. Electronics are cut as well but do not entirely disappear, so this is where the element of folk shines on. 'Down With The Kids', the title is repeated repeatedly towards the end, adding a hallucinatory effect to the music. Great one! Can I order an LP of this ray of sunlight? [Vital Weekly]