Pozi are a London trio formed of violin, bass and drums. On their debut PZ1 released on PRAH Recordings, they channel their emotions into their voices and their instruments, making for a ramshackle post-punk din. Their press release compares them to both Sleaford Mods and IDLES which at this point is probably a bit of a no-no.
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This POZI record has been on in the office a few times, so I’ve absorbed this LP through osmosis but this is the first time I’ve sat down and had a dedicated listen. PZ1 is eleven songs of wiry, taut post-punk reminiscent of bands such as Wire, Gang of Four, and Devo. This LP definitely has hidden depths that reveal themselves upon further listening, such as the snarling violin and the chewy, fuzzy bass guitar tone. I also love the simplicity of the lineup, which just drums, bass, and violin. POZI manage to get a lot of mileage out of such restricted scope, which is a rare talent indeed. Singer Toby Burroughs has a style that mixes the winsomeness of Robert Wyatt and the yelping qualities of David Byrne.
A particular favourite from the album is ‘KCTMO’, a hypnotic and heartfelt tribute to the Grenfell fire tragedy. The track skitters along, with an almost apocalyptic and nihilistic feel to it. I also really love ‘Noel’, which has a bass riff that could have come straight off ‘Spiderland’. ‘Noel’ is a really weird song, the best one on the album I think. There’s the slow, dirge-y progression, the washy sleigh bells, and the strange effects on the vocals (at least that’s what I think they are... I can’t be sure...).
Where it’s good, PZ1 is great, with ‘Noel’ fast becoming one of my favourite songs of the first quarter. PZ1 is a mostly great effort. However, in its (admittedly rare) bad moments, it’s twee and a little rinky-dink. PZ1 is still, however, a fine debut effort for the London band.
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