Polyvinyl’s Exquisite Corpse is not just a compilation album, but a curated selection of artists from their roster that was divided into 11 supergroups, each tasked with writing an original song. All of the songs, as well as the artwork, were worked on remotely, that’s what makes this project especially unique.
Rainer Maria’s Kaia Fischer had the idea of bringing labelmates together (47 to be exact) as a way to beat Covid fatigue, and it seems to have worked. These are good songs that you’ll want to play over and over, and maybe some of these newly created bands will make a full album if we’re lucky.
This release is a true testament to the feeling of family that Polyvinyl is built on. These songs zoom in on that spirit of kinship and community. Exquisite Corpse is a real-time experiment with some incredible outcomes, creating a space for Polyvinyl’s wide-ranging talents to come together and make something beautiful during a dark time.
I debated on buying it and finally decided to, mainly because of Robert Nanna’s (Hey Mercedes and Braid) return on the song “So Much To See.” I heard his voice after Polyvinyl released this to Spotify and I had to have the album. The great part is, the other 10 songs are fantastic as well.
Exquisite Corpse was pressed on red vinyl and is still in the PV shop if you want to check it out. Here is the song list and musicians.
1. “Yer Brothers” – David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), Phil Dickey (Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin), Nate Kinsella (American Football/Birthmark), Nick Wilkerson (White Reaper)
2. “Somebody Else” – Erik Czaja (Pet Symmetry), Gus Lobban (Kero Kero Bonito), Christie Simpson (Yumi Zouma), Shugo Tokumaru (Shugo Tokumaru)
3. “SLOW DRIVE” – Shaun Fleming (Diane Coffee), Will Knauer (Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin), Cale Parks (Aloha/Cale Parks), Charlie Ryder (Yumi Zouma)
4. “To The Beach” – Mark Duplass (Volcano, I’m Still Excited!!), Kaia Fischer (Rainer Maria), Ellen Kempner (Palehound), Jeff Rosenstock (Jeff Rosenstock/Antarctigo Vespucci)
5. “Whole Life Holy Death” – Chris Broach (Braid, SNST), Vice Cooler (xbxrx), Rocky Tinder (Wampire), Ary Warnaar (Anamanaguchi)
6. “Do U Remember” – Robert Pope (The Get Up Kids), Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Fred Thomas (Fred Thomas/Saturday Looks Good To Me), Ella Williams (Squirrel Flower)
7. “Perfect Vision” – Keil Corcoran (STRFKR), Katy Goodman (La Sera/Vivian Girls), Chris Hansen (matt pond PA), Mike Kinsella (American Football/Owen), Matt Pond (matt pond PA)
8. “So Much To See” – Jess Abbott (Tancred), James Alex (Beach Slang/Quiet Slang), Bob Nanna (Braid), Luke Silas (Anamanaguchi)
9. “Some Storms” – Peter Berkman (Anamanaguchi), Erin Fein (Psychic Twin/Headlights), TJ Lipple (Aloha), Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids), Nick Thorburn (Mister Heavenly)
10. “Lonely” – Pip Brown (Ladyhawke), Josh Burgess (Yumi Zouma), Chris Farren (Chris Farren/Antarctigo Vespucci), Marcus Nuccio (Pet Symmetry), Cameron Spies (Radiation City)
11. “Nude Looks” – Brian Borcherdt (Dusted), Caithlin De Marrais (Rainer Maria), Ryan Pope (The Get Up Kids), Post Animal (Post Animal)
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