TRACK REVIEW: SBTRKT (feat. Caroline Polachek), “Look Away”

Though SBTRKT began his music career working under his given name, Aaron Jerome, he’s spent recent years as a producer and DJ, obscured behind an identity constructed by the masks he wears. Arguably these masks are SBTRKT’s way of subverting the often insatiable gaze the public turns upon celebrities.
It’s no wonder then that his latest release, a collaboration with Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek called “Look Away,” plays with the idea of rejecting someone else’s attention.
Polachek tells listeners to “look away,” over listless, piano-laden production, reminding them that an unnamed woman “was never yours for the having.”
Between the lyrics and the interactive music video where viewers try and fail to lock eyes with the face of an obscured woman, there seems to be an underlying message.  Polachek tells us to look away while the female visage featured in the video demonstrates her ability to refuse to engage with the viewer. It’s almost as if the song is pushing us to think about a women’s agency to reject anyone she doesn’t want in her space, including a scorned suitor.
While Polachek’s lush voice feels at home in the entrancing soundscape, it comes off a little lonely. The record perhaps could have been enhanced by an additional guest possessed of a complementary lyricism or tone to Polachek’s singing.

SBTRKT’s highly anticipated full length, Wonder Where We Land, comes out October 7th on Young Turks. His North American tour dates are as follows:

7/10/14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

9/10/14 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans

10/10/14 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues

11/10/14 – Mexico City, MX @  Corona Capital Music Festival

12/10/14 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues

14/10/14 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre

15/10/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater

16/10/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater

17/10/14 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox

18/10/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues

20/10/14 – Denver, CO @ The Ogden

23/10/14 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

24/10/14 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues

25/10/14 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre

26/10/14 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

29/10/14 – Boston, MA @ Royale

31/10/14 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

1/11/14 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall