PolvoCelebrate The New Dark Age

Label:Merge Records – MRG 056, Merge Records – Merge 056
3 x Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, Limited Edition, Numbered
Style:Math Rock, Post Rock


AFractured (Like Chandeliers)
BCity Spirit
C1Tragic Carpet Ride
C2Solitary Set
DEvery Holy Shroud
EOld Lystra
FVirtual Cold

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Machine numbered edition in foldout cover.

Recorded at Duck Kee Studios
Packaged by Independent Project Press

Made in Raliegh, N.C. on tinsel weekends.

Copies may include a b&w label insert.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): MRG 56 A kdisc
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): MRG 56 B kdisc
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C): MRG 56 C kdisc
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D): MRG 56 D kdisc
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E): MRG 56 E kdisc
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F): MRG 56 F kdisc

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Celebrate The New Dark Age (CD, EP)Merge RecordsMRG 056 CDUS1994
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Celebrate The New Dark Age (CD, EP)Touch And GoTG133CDEurope1994
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Celebrate the New Dark Age (Cassette, EP)Merge RecordsMRG056US1994
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Celebrate The New Dark Age (CD, EP, with Obi strip)100 Guitar Mania Records, Merge Records100GM-003Japan1994
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Celebrate The New Dark Age (12", 45 RPM, EP, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Remastered)Merge RecordsMRG056US2008



  • hifiaf's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    Discovering this record was a huge deal for highschool-age me: it was the weird, and I liked it; thus I was weird, and that was fine. The all-guns-blazing psychedelic strangeness of “Fractured” and “Every Holy Shroud” were what did it for me then. I still love them, but the delicate, shimmering uncanniness of “City Spirit” and “Virtual Cold” are what have kept me coming back for the last thirty years. This remains a lost classic of 90s indie rock. Strange tunings, loud-quiet, a genuine no-comproise willingness to experiment… we’ve gotten used to all that in Sonic Youth or whoever over the years, but it still feels surprising here, like digging up a living corpse. Polvo were and are geniuses / Ash Bowie is a hero.

    My “Amazing Records that Sound Incredible” methodology mandates I only pick records that fill both criteria, and this one is more “amazing” than “incredible,” but it does sound quite excellent… and surely the TRIPLE SEVEN-INCH format gets this one in purely as an example of over the top vinyl purism. I always did dream of doing a 3x7”…
    • colonial313's avatar
      Polvo's guitar-twisting seven-song EP is a Merge hallmark, complete with great sleeve design by Independent Project Press. Celebrate the New Dark Age considered their best output in some circles, and we appreciate those circles. Original release date May 2, 1994.... Merge Records



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