Polly Paulusma follows up her critically acclaimed 2021 album ‘Invisible Music’ with ‘The Pivot On Which The World Turns’ out September 30th via One Little Independent folk subsidiary Wild Sound.
Affectionately shortened to ‘Pivot’, the album marks a return to her singular brand of insightful songs that, in their subject matter, roam around the badlands of love, sex and parenthood, death and grief, failure and success, violence and healing. Most poignantly the album focuses on the roles of women, in our lives and across history, from a variety of perspectives.
‘Pivot’ swings from the warm, blues-inspired Americana of ‘Back Of Your Hand’ and ‘Dirty Circus’, to the more traditional folk of ‘Brambles and Briars’ and ‘Robin’, as well as poetic, pop curiosities such as ‘Snakeskin’ and the effervescent ‘Luminary’, all of which combine to make up Polly’s most sonically adventurous album to date. As always, she delights in the telling of stories, with littered spoken word aiding her as she utilizes infectious melodies and a light delivery to explore her characters.
The album began life as a 24-track collaboration between friends producing a song a month to keep Polly songwriting while she finished her PHD, as such it features co-writes with Kathryn Williams, David Ford, and the novelist Laura Barnett. “I culled down the original burgeoning song pile, and then some new songs popped out. They keep doing that, but you have to draw a line somewhere.”
‘Pivot’ is the fifth studio album and the ninth release from the indie-folk stalwart whose thought-provoking albums since 2004’s ‘Scissors In My Pocket’ have earned her plaudits from international champions as far flung as Nic Harcourt at KCRW in LA and Michele Manzotti in Italy, as well as homegrown accolades from Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2) and The Guardian.
Paulusma has toured the world supporting Bob Dylan, Jamie Cullum, The Divine Comedy and Marianne Faithfull, and played Glastonbury, T in the Park, V Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival among many others, touring the USA and Italy. She signed to Sony/ATV in LA and opened for Coldplay at their secret show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood.