Seeing a band name like Polynya made me pause and wonder if that was a real word or something completely made up. Upon further review... it's a real word. It's a sea surrounded by ice, like in the arctic.
The music of Polynya is anything but cold or distant. It harkens back to the day when it wasn't completely unheard of to hear a female voice singing alternating songs in a band, much like this band. Their sound is warm and inviting and can easily draw comparisons to either The Sundays or Belly... or a poppier version of the Pixies.