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formless​/​functional

by Polara

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    Formless/functional, the sophomore release from Minneapolis-based trio Polara, is even trickier to get a bead on than their 1997 release, C'est La Vie, a cascading spectacle of electro-pop experimentation. Where C'est La Vie was content to travel within some preset boundaries, formless/functional simply ignores them, venturing from electronica to acoustic balladry to classic rock to symphonic collage. What's most enjoyable about formless/functional, and the musicians who composed it - vocalist/electrician Ed Ackerson, vocalist/electrician assistant Jennifer JeRae Jurgens and percussionist Peter Anderson - is their unabashed joy at making music. The trio bounces around this album like grade school kids turned loose in a room full of art supplies.--Nick Heil

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Formless/functional, the sophomore release from Minneapolis-based trio Polara, is even trickier to get a bead on than their 1997 release, C'est La Vie, a cascading spectacle of electro-pop experimentation. Where C'est La Vie was content to travel within some preset boundaries, formless/functional simply ignores them, venturing from electronica to acoustic balladry to classic rock to symphonic collage. What's most enjoyable about formless/functional, and the musicians who composed it - vocalist/electrician Ed Ackerson, vocalist/electrician assistant Jennifer JeRae Jurgens and percussionist Peter Anderson - is their unabashed joy at making music. The trio bounces around this album like grade school kids turned loose in a room full of art supplies.--Nick Heil

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released March 24, 1998

Ed Ackerson: Bass, Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Guitar (Bass), Organ, Piano, Producer, Programming, Sampling, Sequencing, Songwriter, Synthesizer, Vocals

Jennifer Jurgens: Guitar, Organ, Photography, Synthesizer, Vocals

Peter Anderson: Drums, Percussion

Stephen Marcussen: Mastering

Jason Orris: Engineer

Ronald Clark: Design

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Polara Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ed Ackerson formed Polara with drummer Peter Anderson, guitarist Jennifer Jurgens, and bassist Jason Orris, continuing his interest in 1960s psychedelic pop but adding a heavy element of Krautrock-inspired electronics and keyboards.[11] Polara was Ackerson's first band to gain significant national attention. Polara released 5 albums & 2 EPs between 1995 and 2006. ... more

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