Pole Position’s latest five song EP, ‘XO edition2, is an edited and remastered version of an eight track release from the beginning of 2002. It has drawn comparisons with Stereolab and Radiohead because of the combination of synthesised and traditional instrumentation.
Opening song, ‘Boulevard’, is indicative of the whole EP, a manneredvocal singing over a piano driven song, which is permeated by synth effects andrapid drumbeats. On ‘Boulevard’ there is some relief from the leadvocal, thanks to occasional Neil Tennant style spoken vocal contributions.
The following songs are variations on the same theme. ‘Tragic Death ofPorn Starz’ has jazz piano tinkering and the EP highlight, ‘MoveEnough’ has greater urgency than any of the other offerings. Despite thisan overwhelming dreariness pervades the release.