Fresh sounds are brewing across the ditch and we’re here to bring you more from the NZ underground. Today marks the release of a new bop from PollyHill, a queer MC, producer, and filmmaker, based in Tāmaki Makaurau, NZ. Her art sits somewhere between the intersections of hip-hop, soundscape, spoken word, visual art, and ultimately – storytelling. Following up from her 2021 EP Post Humorous and recent single ‘Void’, PollyHill links up with Aotearoa beatsmith Dera Meelan, who you may know from his work with rappers Church & AP and deadforest.
PollyHill’s newest offering ‘Pulse’ comes as a double-single alongside the upcoming Meelan produced ‘Static’. Both tracks include their own breathtakingly weird and wonderful music videos made with Wellington-based queer artist and avant-guard genius Frankie Berge.
Speaking on the new track, PollyHill said: “I wrote the lyrics for Pulse after one Saturday night out in Tāmaki Makaurau, in between lockdowns. My dear friend Zeki was DJing a fire set at a relatively popular bar, but when I looked around, the place was overrun by queers and artists and weirdos having the time of their lives. One of my friends joked ‘we’ve turned this place into a gay bar’. There was something so joyful about that, it felt like a very powerful clocking of a turning tide, where space was created by the innovators and the others and soon, everyone else wanted in… There was a pulsing electric vitality in the air, people were just reveling in the sense of opportunity and freedom, and that’s what I tried to bring to the lyrics and what Frankie Berge (director) helped realise in the video.”
Follow PollyHill here for more and check out the video for ‘Pulse’ above.