London’s five-piece art-rock band, Post Louis, share another single from their upcoming debut, Descender, set for release February 28, 2020. The urgent disposition of “Winter Pollen” portrays the outlook of a woman effected by the Me Too movement. It’s a scathing whisper that has been bitten by an exhausted hope, fit to the track’s distortion, rhythmically askew placement, and eccentric layers.
Lyrically, there are moments that may trigger. At first confusion sets in, possibly in regards of how the story would be told. Familiar lines slightly sting and are then softened by Stephanie Davin’s vocals. “Winter Pollen” aims to explore the frustration during a cold season, literally and figuratively, but takes a different turn.
“A couple of Christmases ago I was feeling overwhelmed by all the turmoil produced by the courageous disclosures in the Me Too movement,” shares says Davin. “The Brock Turner witness statement had been published in the summer of 2016. That act of bravery occupied my mind, alongside a relentless looping mental image that I couldn’t shake, of Emily Doe lying in the road. I wanted to link that image to the idea of heat, rage and being burnt out – whether by work or aspiration or fury. Fiery anger is often apt, but it can be exhausting as well as empowering.”
On a sonic approach, there are expansive and experiential moments that should be celebrated. The soundscape is harsh, angry, and cut with a cold embrace you think you entered the last circle with Dante. The track is lined with a very abrasive texture yet still manages to burst with pop hooks, overall becoming a polar dance between lyrics and sound.