“OLYMPIA” is a bright piece of pop with a spacey allure, with a sound that resembles a hybrid of J-Pop sugar-sweetness with Muse’s spacey, anthemic feel. Either way, it’s a uniquely effervescent approach from POLARTROPICA, who has a slew of singles out this summer — from an upcoming full-length, out in November. Their debut EP Astrodreams was released on Lolipop Records in 2016. Stellar single “OLYMPIA” was originally written as a submission for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, its lyrical theme focusing on never giving up on your dreams, perseverance, and the power of community. The enthusiastic, pop-driven vocals on the track mesh well with considerable electro-pop energy, with a reprieve in the spacey “don’t give up” bridge. Fit for hopping around on Saturn’s rings to, “OLYMPIA” is a catchy and upbeat highlight from POLARTROPICA.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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