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Pole Position
XO EP
Polar Music

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Strikingly beautiful, wonderfully fulfilled between past and future, XO is a near-perfect EP. Having been re-mastered and edited from its first format, the result of the airbrushing leaves something intensely vital and refreshing.

Keyboards, drums, and synthesizers are all in place for what might normally be new wave by numbers, at least in the scene of today. Pole Position, however, has a sense of style, literacy, and honor. They are not content to be just another band, they want the full acclaim, and they deserve it.

Taking as much from the 80s as they do from fluid, stylized rockers like We Ragazzi, they create a mood for themselves. "Boulevard" starts things off on a lovely note, like the perfection of a mannequin before you realize her lifelessness. Being able to be sweeping and heartbreaking are not two things best capitalized upon within their genre, and yet they pull it off flawlessly.

Is there such thing as sincere synth rock? Something that sounds more natural and emotive than a chorus of acoustics and teary eyes? XO proves that real and synthesized are not mutually exclusive. The feel is desolate yet bawdy, and passionately earnest.

"Tragjc Death of Porn Starz" conjures the perfect imagery to befit their stunning illusions. At once, it is downtrodden, luscious, and genuine, as a back beat of thin drums waver between the gauzy vocals of their new wave hymn. The eulogy to decadence is entirely fitting.

"Time Travelz" is unwittingly the most upbeat track on the mini-album, yet the lovelorn, quieted howls overlaying the persistent piano provide dignified dreamscape. There is a sense of movement befitting the entire album, as well as satisfaction in the unknown. XO is buying a redeye ticket without knowing your destination, and wearing a smirk as you stare from the sky.

This is an EP of overpowering, tapped potential: It is a movie reel from a stylish film noir that enwraps your lust to have a secret night life. It is well done synthesizer rock in an age where that is a difficult claim; eager to catch you off guard and whisk you away.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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