Pollens

The six-member collective of Pollens is making pop music like no one else in Seattle right now. Founds Hanna Benn and Jeff Aaron Bryant met each other and the band's eventual four other members as students at Cornish College of the Arts, where they all performed in the school's traditional Indonesian metal-percussion ensemble, Gamelan Pacifica. Their worldly influences are incorporated into Pollens' polyrhythmic pop music, which combines droning, buzzing bee-like vocals (all six members sing) and dexterous lines ("Like birds make nests without their hands/How might we understand?/Like edges form unplanned/Like form mutates without demand") with instrumental elements of African trance, Krautrock, and folk. It all comes together with a magical, hypnotic effect on Pollens' beautifully poetic debut album, last month's Brighten & Break. Tonight they open for songwriter Bryan John Appleby and his folksy backing band. With Shenandoah Davis. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Wed., Nov. 21, 9 p.m., 2012

 
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