by Ah Seng
Polarity/1: a Voice for Today’s America — a Review of Music From the Documentary ‘in Debt We Trust’
American artists have always felt free to speak their minds, even when their opinions touch on controversial topics. During the Vietnam War, the politically-conscious Edwin Starr sung out, “War, what is it good for?” to protest America’s place in the bloody battle. And leading up the 2004 presidential election, Green Day recorded ‘American Idiot,’ an entire album devoted to the dissatisfaction with George W. Bush’s presidency, and subsequently, the ever-changing America. Today, Polarity/1 is no exception.
Polarity/1, a multi-instrumentalist/arranger/composer/producer, was one of the early voices warning of the impending debt crisis, having composed most of the score and served as Music Supervisor for Danny Schechter’s feature-length documentary ‘In Debt We Trust’. Focused on America’s dangerous addiction to debt and the predatory nature