Adding to an ever growing list of releases for 2018, we'll have an album from Poliça and s t a r g a z e written in collaboration coming out on 16 February. It's called Music For The Long Emergency, and where Gengahr's Where Wildness Grows is full of brilliant guitar based pop songs, or Cosmo Sheldrake's The Much Much How How and I is a fantastical and explorative record, Poliça and s t a r g a z e bring something much darker and more leftfield. How Is This Happening was the first piece revealed from the album, but you can now also listen to Agree, posted by Billboard earlier today.
The two groups have already released a collaboration this year - Bruise Blood - and it's not the first s t a r g a z e release through Transgressive either. They met in February 2016 through a music project run by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (from Minnesota), in the living room of the conductor and 'leader' of s t a r g a z e - André de Ridder. With two talented groups of people working together, across continents, they have produced something more than the sum of it's parts. Within the context of lots of change in the news across all kinds of areas last year, it sounds like the music provided some kind of reprieve. For de Ridder, the album's title, Music For The Long Emergency, reflects the confusion of the times. "It had a meaning of music being a haven, giving you a ray of hope," says de Ridder. "An alternative reality. And that became a theme of the music too. Quite a lot of the music is a little dark, and it does reflect what has been going on, but also incredible beauty at the same time which we hung onto because we needed to."
Having performed together at Eaux Claires Festival, Poliça and s t a r g a z e have announced a limited set of performances for next year that are unlikely to be repeated.
15 - MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA
17 - Symphony Space in New York, NY
21 - First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN
22 - Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL
23 - Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH
27 - Barbican Presents at Oval Space in London, UK