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I Am The Polish Army

The Dream EP
(Time Castle Recordings)
Release Date: November 2, 2018

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“Living the dream,” that well-worm adage for getting everything that you’ve ever wanted, comes with a few of its own consequences. At least, that’s the realization which occurred to Emma DeCorsey, a Chilean-born, Wisconsin-raised New Yorker and front woman of lauded Brooklyn indie rock band I Am the Polish Army (whose last record My Old Man was named by Rolling Stone as one of the “15 Great Albums You Probably Didn’t Hear in 2017”), when her boyfriend and bandmate Turner Stough was going to be away on tour playing bass with acclaimed cult rocker Shilpa Ray for two months. Even though she was in the relationship she had always dreamt of and was doing what she’s always dreamt of doing, those dreams meant accepting the absence of her loved one.

Even with this understanding, however, it wasn’t easy to simply tuck those feelings away to be dealt with at a more convenient time. She felt a particular desire to address these feelings through music, but it would need to be something different than what she was doing with I Am the Polish Army, something distinctly aligned with her own emotional turbulence and the subsequent recognition of that ache. So DeCorsey went walking down the street to her friend Duane Lauginiger, who also happens to be a member of fellow Brooklyn band BIRDS, and proposed a new project of raw and spontaneous design. The resulting sessions led to four songs, with each developing into a fevered love letter to Strough and collectively becoming her forthcoming solo EP, The Dream, which is due out on Lauginiger’s Time Castle Recordings label.

These songs would also differ from her work with I Am the Polish Army in the way that they approached their own construction. Whereas her previous work with the band was a labor of intense musical preoccupation, these new tracks were arranged and produced as impulse and instinct vied for control in the studio. Her desire to avoid the reality of loneliness presented by Turner’s absence was a motivating factor in her work, but these songs represent more than just one person’s desire to avoid negative realities – they were a way for her to build and sustain her own self-confidence, a chance to experience these feelings outside of a band dynamic and to discover that she could find strength and support within her own abilities and decisions. Whether reaching for some transcendental guitar-based revelation or reveling in the intimacy of a single moment spent with the object of your undivided affection, DeCorsey mines this landscape of love and longing as if it had never been broached before.

There will be an East Coast tour in support of the EP, with additional dates throughout the rest of the country in early 2019. This tour will be focusing on smaller, more intimate venues including coffee houses, record stores and galleries.


Photos and artwork: Kirsten Kay Thoen

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Tour Dates

11.02 The Gutter - The Dream Release Show (Brooklyn, NY)

11.03 Hubris House (Philadelphia, PA)

11.04 Loft Space (Hoboken, NJ)

11.06 VOTE IN THE MIDTERMS (Everywhere, USA)

11.08 Little Amps (Harrisburg, PA)

11.09 Hambones (Pittsburgh, PA)

11.10 Blue Arrow Records (Cleveland, OH)

11.11 Rosen Krown (Rochester, NY)

11.16 The Stone Church (Brattleboro, VT)

11.17 Gloom Garden (Winooski, VT)

11.19 Desperate Annie's (Saratoga Springs, NY)

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