Ed Handley and Andy Turner have been expanding the realm of electronic music as Plaid since they diverged from trio The Black Dog in the early '90s. Today, after nine Warp albums, they stand alongside the likes of Aphex Twin, Autechre, and Nightmares on Wax as mainstays of the British label as it reaches its 30th anniversary. Their last LP, The Digging Remedy, arrived in 2016.
Covering a wide range of emotions, influences, and inspirations, Polymer is "an album for modern times," the label explains. Its creation was informed by a manifesto of polyphony, pollution, and politics, exploring themes of environment, synthetics, survival/mortality, and humanity’s (dis)connection.
"The problems and benefits of Polymers felt like good themes for this album, their repetitious strength, endurance and troubling persistence, the natural versus the synthetic, silk and silicone, the significant effect they have on our lives.”— Plaid
01. Meds Fade
05. Drowned Sea
06. The Pale Moth
10. All To Get Her
12. Crown Shy
Polymer LP lands June 7, with "Maru" and "Recall" streaming below.