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Polaris Mine
Lists Of Things

Neither the press info nor the record cover gives us much information to go on about Polaris Mine. Let's see...it does state that they are from C onnecticut. I guess the best way to understand what this band is all abo ut is to experience Lists Of Things. In these grooves you will discover some thoroughly twisted, yet intelligent indie rock. Their experimental leanings take at least the three required listenings we give things at Fa llout, but you start to find yourself being immersed in their chaotic, ye t stratified constructions.

You get everything but the kitchen sink for the closing "Alpha Delt." Se gments dig heavily into the Pavement spectrum, yet at other times, the ma gical influence of Sonic Youth shines through the gloriously chunky progr ession. Throughout the noisy layers, distinct melodies reach out and sna re you in their complex webs. Conversely, the opening "P.G.O.A.T." beats you over the head with a smashing metal progression before diving headfi rst into an engaging bass and guitar exchange. Once you become familiar with that, they plow back into that metal intro. As the pattern fixes it self in your mind, you are reminded of The Grifters circa the Crappin' Yo u Negative era (save for those metal bits.) Fascinating. "9" contains o ne of the strongest melodies on the record, and find the band working tog ether well. The trio all dig into their trenches of style and form and c reate a dense and accessible tune, even though it's still way too far out for commercial radio. "Caro-Kann Defense" boasts some fat bass work as well as a formidable dose of guitar heaviness. It also displays another very humble melody, although this time it's buried in the middle of the m ix. "Small Lakes Called Potholes" proves how the "less is more" philosop hy when it comes to production can actually aid your band. This tune, as well as "8" allow each instrument to fully stake their claim in the song , even as the effects and styles change. As the record progresses, you r ealize that on every track, you hear every part clearly. That is part of the inherent beauty of this record. And it is relentless. Even when th e slower tempo "10" comes at you, you are not safe. As you get comfortab le with it, a blistering punk refrain barges in, taking it in an entirely different direction.

Polaris Mine have succeeded in creating the ultimate in indie based art r ock. Many people will not be able to handle the complexity and ever-chan ging face of the tunes. Those who can handle it and dig it will be drawn to their ability to combine many seemingly un-connectable pieces into on e seamless tapestry. Their instrumental abilities also cannot be stresse d enough. The trio has mastered the art of tripping in between all of th ese parts and making the changes quite smooth. This is quite an interest ing record indeed, and is well worth your time.

-tom topkoff

Track Listing:
1. P.G.O.A.T.
2. 9
3. Cartography School
4. Caro-Kann Defense
5. 10
6. Small Lakes Called Potholes
7. 8
8. Bainbridge
9. The Best Teams
10. DO.Q.
11. Fear Of Texas
12. Alpha Delt






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