Arriving like the sun-kissed streaks of light that give this song its explosive title, Spanish quintet Polock seem in the midst of a party that started long before we’ve arrived, but while listening to ‘Fireworks’ it seems that we made it to the spot just as the night truly starts to take off. The icy burdens of winter (for those of us located slightly north of Polock’s idyllic Valencia) start to immediately melt away, and all the other concerns that are incessantly clouding our thoughts ultimately give way to the bright, buoyant sounds of this fledgling group. Sounding decidedly like a beach-party version of Phoenix, ‘Fireworks’ is at once effortlessly charming and undeniably catchy, not asking too much from the listener other than allowing the winsome melody to make us smile while the band tries to take us all somewhere fun.
There is a celebratory nature to the song that proves to be irresistible, as the soaring, carefree rhythms naturally transport us to the edge of the world to watch the brilliant display of lights above our heads, while the band provides a lush soundtrack to the entire exuberant scene. Some songs get you to think, some songs get you to change, while still others cause you to reminisce, but ‘Fireworks’ should just get you to dance and feel good while you check your cares at the door. And with headlines as dire as they are around the world, we clearly are in desperate need of more uncomplicated diversions within our pop music. But not just empty-headed entertainment, mind you, we still need songs with the pulse and spirit of ‘Fireworks’ that remind us all that we’ve thankfully moved beyond the dismal trappings of drugged-out disco and soulless boy-bands. And, just as soon as the weather clears, we can all take this lavish party that Polock started from the nightclub to the beach.