polemica – ‘…and now…’

Releasing on September 30th from Italian band polemica, …and now… is the act’s third album. From the frenzied punk-laden rock of “it’s our time” to the anxiety-inducing escalation of the opening “paranoia,” the album presents an inventive and enjoyably unsettling sound, showcasing the project’s ample creativity. The release follows up 2021’s virtual collaboration Herstory in 3 Parts: Repeat, Remove, Create.

Highlights are abound. “isolation” concocts a sound fit for nighttime with its “rock you like a child,” vocal temptations and hypnotic guitar pulses; the sound here is more tender and soulful than many others, which embrace a raucous rock energy on blasts like “war is anachronistic.” Whether digging into that one’s ferocity — showing shades of early Manic Street Preachers — or the ghostly immersion of “winter whispers, …and now… proves wholly fulfilling.

The album’s artwork, created by British artists Paul Brennan and Dionne Swift, adds a pop and symbolic touch. With 10 energetic tracks, polemica explores their diverse musical personalities, showcasing a gripping fusion of punk, funk, and noise. …and now… is a testament to the band’s growth and abundance of innovation, and we’re firmly anticipating its release.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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  1. Is the Spotify url correct? It seems that it’s linked to another band (Polemica, and not polemica)

  2. Yup, the Spotify is linking to the correct band. The particular album written about just isn’t released yet.

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