Pole Position – XO
Pole Position’s website cites influences such as “Portuguese fado and Brazilian bossa nova to kraut rock, seventies Italian pop, prog rock, crypto-homo rockers, and fierce determination.” For an EP with only five songs, that’s a lot of influences.
While the singing immediately evokes images of Thom Yorke racing his Porsche down an English back road, Pole Position have to fear an eternity in pixilation-plagued Atari land. Don’t get me wrong. Daniel Da Silva seems to have an ear for lyrics, an obvious talent at the keys, and a propellant falsetto, but Pole Position’s EP only approaches the likes of Kid A, and XO feels doomed to a similar kind of obscurity.
Da Silva’s falsetto and Rui Guerreiro’s electronic instruments are a dead giveaway to English prog influences, but Pole Position doesn’t deserves only grief for their work. After all, even Radiohead started somewhere. XO is their first release, and it’s obvious they have a sound, it’s just an old sound…from 2000. But their songs are simple and effective like an old Atari joystick. What matters is that Pole Position actually has potential.
Unfortunately, Thom Yorke has one of the most recognizable voices in rock today, and Daniel Da Silva’s is nearly identical.