EP: POLO – ‘Alice’

POLO have announced their debut EP Alice and it’s a great way of making a first impression from the Leeds group.

The four-track EP from the trio shows a wealth of experience that you wouldn’t usually expect from a group’s first release. It’s quite easy to draw on the similarities to acts such as Chvrches and The XX, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, yet POLO manage to keep their own identity.

The first track ‘Gold Horizons’ almost has the feel of a Santigold track to it. Bell-like synth melodies add to the already wide stereo field and give the EP an impressive start. ‘Neighbourhood’ follows and is as equally impressive. The track has a moody attitude whilst still sounding highly polished.

Track 3 is ‘Soak’ and is a deeper, emotional number. It relies more on the vocals to power through rather than the instrumental. The minimalist drums give it an anthemic feel.

Closing track ‘Palat’ has an extremely distinctive lead synth accompanied by an atmospheric aura that really does add finality to the EP.

Alice is a bold statement from POLO and, considering it’s their debut EP, it is incredibly impressive. A big year awaits them.

Alice, the debut EP from POLO, is out 10 March via AWAL/Kobalt.

Matt Cooper