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GusGus - Polydistortion

  • Performer: GusGus
  • Title: Polydistortion
  • Genre: Electronic
  • Country: UK
  • Record source: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
  • Released: 07 Apr 1997
  • Style: IDM, Downtempo
  • Label: 4AD
  • Cat#: DAD 7005
  • MP3 album: 1810 mb
  • FLAC album: 1945 mb
  • Rating: 4.0/5
  • Votes: 892
GusGus - Polydistortion


Written-By – Biggi Thorarinsson, Herr Legowitz, Ian Wright, Peter Coyle, Stephen Cummerson
2Is Jesus Your Pal?
Vocals [Uncredited] – Emiliana TorriniWritten-By – Slowblow
Written-By – Daníel Ágúst
Vocals [Uncredited] – Emiliana TorriniWritten-By – Magnus Jonsson
Written-By – Smith, Daníel Ágúst, Thomas, Boyce, Páll Gardarsson, Westfield, Bell, Mickens, Bell, Siggi Kjartansson
Written-By – Magnus Jonsson
7Cold Breath '79
Written-By – Páll Gardarsson, Siggi Kjartansson
Written-By – Magnus Jonsson
9Oh (Edit)
Written-By – Daníel Ágúst, Herr Legowitz
Written-By – Daníel Ágúst


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
DAD 7005 CDGus Gus Polydistortion ‎(CD, Album)4ADDAD 7005 CDUK1997
DAD 7005 CDGusGus Polydistortion ‎(CD, Album, Ltd + CD)MNWDAD 7005 CDSweden1997
DAD 7005 CDGusGus Polydistortion ‎(CD, Album)4AD, Shock , CortexDAD 7005 CDAustralia1997
GAD 7005 CDGusGus Polydistortion ‎(CD, Album, RE)4ADGAD 7005 CDUK1998
SON 132GusGus Polydistortion ‎(CD, Album)Sonic Records SON 132Poland1997


  • Producer, Arranged By, Mixed ByGusGus, Palli Borg


A1: Contains sample of Arthur Lyman "Taboo Tu".
A3: Contains sample of Kool And The Gang "Jungle Jazz".
D1: Contains sample of Marina Van Rooy "Sly One"


  • Barcode: 5 014436 700514
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): MPO DAD 7005 A¹
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): MPO DAD 7005 B¹
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, etched): MPO DAD-7005 - ☒ C¹
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, etched): MPO DAD 7005 D¹


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – 4AD
  • Copyright (c) – 4AD
  • Pressed By – MPO


Формируйте собственную коллекцию записей Gus by gusgus, released 13 May 1997 1. Gun 3. Believe 4. Polyesterday 5. Barry 6. Cold Breath '79 7. Why 8. Remembrance 9. Is Jesus Your Pal 10. Purple 11. Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Purchasable with gift card. Buy Digital Album. 9 USD. Polydistortion is the second studio album by Icelandic electronic music band GusGus. The album was released on 7 April 1997 on 4AD, serving as their first release on the label. The songs Why and the band's cover of Slowblow's Is Jesus Your Pal feature Emilíana Torrini on vocals. Most of the material on the album had previously been released independently, as the album GusGus in 1995. As of March 1999, the album has sold 40,000 copies in United States and worldwide sales stand at over 150,000 copies. Gus Gus' first formal album as a full band was a quietly astonishing record - the new Sugarcubes tag which the band gained was always misleading, since instead of that group's fractured avant-rock approach, Gus Gus always tended toward a mix of understatement and chilling power. Also, the collective had its roots much more firmly planted in dance, but not merely modern techno - everything from exotica opening track Oh prominently samples Arthur Lyman to grimy hip-hop breaks formed the basis of Polydistortion. from the album Polyesterday 1998. GusGus - Polydistortion 1997. To favorites 2 Download album. Listen album. Songs in album GusGus - Polydistortion 1997. GusGus - Oh. GusGus - Gun. GusGus - Believe. GusGus - Polyesterday. GusGus - Barry. GusGus - Cold Breath '79. GusGus - Remembrance. 11 tracks 61:05. Album 1997 11 Songs. More By GusGus. See Gus Polydistortion Album. Duration: 67:24 File type: mp3. Play online Download. Download Gus Gus Polydistortion Album. Genre: Electronica. The collective from Iceland rearranges the material of their first album and uses the precious help of 4AD to dive in the sea of modern rhythmology, in such a playful coolness that easily drifts the senses in the liquid element. Or consider a donation


Reviews of the GusGus - Polydistortion (1):
The year was 1997 - the decade was just closing in and my first memory of the group was the advertisement in The Face magazine a year earlier for 'Believe', their 'new' single back then. The intriguing name struck immediately (originating from the obscure Fassbinder film, according to some of GusGus's early PR statements), even more so the description of the group as a loose collective of DJs, film directors, actors and musicians - and also thanks to the fact this stuff was released on 4AD, featuring typically oblique V23 sleeves, I gave it a listen...

Most of the album's material originates from the group's now-highly collectible independent 1995 s/t release (Gus Gus's actual debut album released in Iceland only) and was also partially featured in their short film "Nautn" ("Pleasure"), some of the songs heavily altered for the 4AD release. Its opening edit of 'Oh!' feels a bit lazy on first listen (reminiscent of Nick Cave, whose "Red Right Hand" comes to mind), but once the bubbling menace of 'Gun' kicks in, the magic begins... Suddenly it's a whole new ballgame and what seemed to be utterly pretentious on the surface suddenly revealed itself in all of its beauty - 'Believe' continues with a gorgeous hypnotic beat (based entirely on a sample from Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Jazz", with a nice creepy video to accompany it - a snippet of which is also chosen for the sleeve, capturing singer Daniel Agust in his breathtaking synchronised swimming routine), dispersed electronics keep their rage level through most of the album adding tranquil soulful vocals on top (alongside Agust, also Emiliana Torrini and then-youngster Hafdis Huld), the adorable funk licks of 'Polyesterday' and 'Barry' while 'Cold Breath 79' is not far from something Björk would kill for, plus a beautiful, delicious ballad 'Why?', the mesmerising and disturbing 'Remembrance', and the album's jewel in the crown - a shivering rendition of Slowblow's 'Is Jesus Your Pal?. The album's "end credits" belong to 'Purple', an 8-minute ambient techno fest plus the untitled, closing track (a variant of "Polyesterday", also audible in the single versions' elsewhere)...

Sum total is an album which the group never really caught up with on their later releases, which one by one very quickly drifted away into retro-banality - adorable still but just as overstretched an electronic dirge. 'Polydistortion' remains an absolute classic, electrifying and timeless in its naivety suggesting vivid landscape scenes of the group's native country...

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