Caroline Polachek has been a fixture of the music scene for almost two decades now, fronting her own indie pop group Chairlift in the 2000s and writing for the likes of Beyonce and Travis Scott. But in 2023 she released her masterpiece, Desire, I Want To Turn Into You. The twelve-song journey plunges you deep into a world of Polachek’s design. The opening tune, “Welcome To My Island,” sets the tone with pleasantly-pitched screams, dance beats, and themes of sensuous longing. Desire‘s cover artwork mirrors all this, as Polachek crawls on her knees on the floor of a city bus towards hallucinatory sun-warmed sand.
And appropriately, “Welcome” was the song with which she opened her Franklin Music Hall set. It was the first night of Polachek’s SpiralingTour, and Philly was more than receptive. On Instagram, the pop singer noted the crowd was even louder than the band, according to the venue’s decibel reader. All of us fans had been waiting since Valentine’s Day (when the record was released) — and even earlier, as singles from the record trickled out over two years –0 to feel the catharsis of dancing and singing along to her impeccably crafted hype-songs.