If sleepy, melancholic pop songs were Canada's new currency, then the Ottawa-based Polytones would be rolling in dough. On their first official full-length, they sound quite content to continue refining their style by writing bare-bones, honest music. Normally, the idea of overtly emotional music might set off alarm bells and big red blinking EMO! signs, but not so on Dynamite. That's mostly due to singer Lesia Manchulenko's sweet, sincere voice that allows her to throw off lines like "A million churches have stilled the air to the choirs of Rideau Street and their drunken prayer" without a hint of irony - exactly what makes the music so endearing. Avoiding the melodramatic and the silliness that sometimes entails, the Polytones seem to have struck a perfect balance for tunes that are both catchy and emotional.
The Polytones launch their CD Saturday (January 21) at Smiling Buddha Bar.