Remember our amazing cover feature band from issue 6 – Polar Front? Well they have an EP coming out very soon and we were able to get an advance listen to tell you all about it! This is what we thought of ‘16916’…
After the first few plays of the brand new EP from Polar Front – 16916 – my advice for you is to turn it up as loud as your ears can handle, and prepare to be blown away
To put it simply – It. Is. Incredible.
The EP as a whole is a beautiful, yet powerful, blend of layers that are carefully crafted, and very well produced, to create an enchanting sound and boast big atmospheres. The depth of the music is just fantastic; bringing together commanding drums with beautiful guitars wrapped up in an electronic-synthy-indie dream. This paired with the stunning vocals from Sophie that cause your hairs to stand on end, creates an EP that is a force to be reckoned with.
The highly anticipated track ‘Saints’ opens the EP, jumping straight into deep, atmospheric hums met by a strong vocal. The pace begins slowly, with drums recalling the thrum of a heartbeat. The track builds with power before exploding into a faster paced sound that brings in spine-chilling guitars, a faster beat and impressive vocals that convey raw emotion. This track is made to get your attention and tells you that this is what Polar Front are about. The power drives and dips, taking you on a journey as the track progresses.
‘Trigger’ showcases Sophie’s vocals from the off. Beginning almost isolated, accompanied by just a piano, before that soft atmospheric hum from a seaboard kicks in. The track picks up pace into the chorus with a beat that will get you moving. I feel like if you could (try to) summarise Polar Front in a track, it could be ‘Trigger’ as it conveys all of their talents in a single track.
This flows nicely into ‘Faded’, which begins with a longer instrumental intro. This track has a faster pace from the beginning and pulls in some electronic influences. Again, Sophie’s vocals on this track are beautiful, the tone perfectly complimented by the atmosphere created in the music.
The EP is rounded off flawlessly with Spilt Milk favourite, ‘Eye To Eye’. We reviewed this track back in issue 6 if you’d like a longer read. But to summarise ‘Eye To Eye’ – this is a defining track that drives power throughout, beautifully layering the drums and guitar with electronic elements and powerful vocals. This commanding track will be stuck in your head for days!
Overall we love 16916. As well as the incredible tracks, we love how the name and artwork are so simple as it allows the music to do all of the talking. It is a powerful, defining EP that has clearly been really well produced. Polar Front are ready to break onto the bigger scene and we know that this EP will be very successful.
Check it out on release, and get yourself down to one of the release shows!!