#NowPlaying Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
My first introduction to Polly followed hours and hours of teenage hours spent in front of MTV2, in a sea of Nirvana, Foo Fighters and the Smashing Pumpkins it was the rare and brilliant women that formed my formative years in rock/ alternative indie - Queen Adreena, Bikin Kill, Hole and of course, Polly.
Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea was my first album from Polly and perfectly encapsulated so many feelings for me at that time. Forever in my quest to add to my collection strong female leads, Polly became an instant permanent fixture in my CD collection (21st century read Spotify library)
With many of the tracks written in New York and London you can feel the city bustle and resulting loneliness throughout softened by lighter tracks composed in her Dorset home. With a mixed reception at launch from 'life affirming' to 'average' (women in music hey) This album won Polly the 2001 Mercury Prize, making her the first solo female act to win in history.
Track on repeat? Big Exit
That type of album intro that instantly makes you feel like you’re in a movie. An angsty lead in an angsty movie.