“In This Moment” released on 3rd July looks back on twelve private scenes with clearer, wide-open eyes. Each moment embraces the listener closely, taking us into atmospheres that are intimate yet epic, dark and delicate, personal yet universal.
After her last two critically acclaimed albums 2013’s “Arrows” and her collaborative side project onDeadWaves in 2016, Polly and her partner (fellow musician, producer, and collaborator, Glenn Kerrigan) left the bustle of London for the desert in Fuerteventura. Polly craved light and space, quietness and peace. Getting away from the flashing neon of the city, and modern life’s dizzying virtual distractions, felt very urgent. “I wanted to drop off the planet for a while”, she says, three years on. “I wanted to start again. And disappear.“
And she did. Polly found the distance she craved in the sand and the heat. Goats wandering past her house instead of sirens and Routemaster buses. She describes that time as feeling like a “breath in her life”. Then, unexpectedly, another breath entered her world – a baby daughter.
Becoming a mother was an experience that focused Polly’s creativity intensely. They moved to a house on the Kent coast and, while their little girl slept, Polly would go into their home studio and write, cocooning herself in headphones. Here, she and Glenn would experiment with new sounds and textures. They blended in field recordings of their new and old lives: of fires crackling, of the movement of the sea, of bells, and of breathing. This creativity would happen at all times of day and night.
Everything felt immediate to Polly, 12 deeply intimate worlds.