LA-based psychedelic synth-pop artist Polartropica is a genre-smashing sensation who seems equally at home in a range of genres; from J-pop and psych-rock to electronic and dream-pop.
Her latest wildly hybrid tune, Olympia, is all of the above – and more because the overall sonic result sounds like a new style of music. When people talk about “future” pop and electro, this is what they should be referring to.
The super-melodic, uplifting tune is like a sugar rush to the ears – and there is no crash. It’s all heightened, spacey pop mashed with a vintage/futuristic vibe, Polartropica’s richly sweet vocals, bright synth squiggles and buzz, a running bass line, and a cantering to staccato drum beat. Then there’s the delightful surprise of a searing electric guitar line that intensifies the song’s end, elevating the energy level even more.
For Olympia, Polartropica was influenced by the fight for human rights during the latest US Presidential elections. The Taiwan-born, California-raised artist was also inspired by the trailer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Polartropica tackles relevant socio-political issues on Olympia, spreading a positive message of perseverance and strength. She delivers a direct rally cry at the song’s start, exclaiming, “Don’t give up / Don’t give in”, even when your dreams are shattered. You must pick up the pieces and continue to fight for what you believe in. This is a timely and important message in light of the divisive and destructive aftermath of the US Presidential election.
Polartropica dropped her debut EP, Astrodreams, last year via Lolipop Records and she recently scored filmmaker Yoko Okumura’s award-winning short film Strawberries Will Save the World. When playing live, she tries to connect with organizations that give back to the community, like Planned Parenthood and Youth Justice Coalition. Olympia is just one of several new songs from Polartropica, so keep an ear out for more boundary-breaking music from this fresh and fascinating talent.
Written by: Jen Dan