Polar States debut EP for Killing Moon is All You Couldn't See and it's kind of a throwback to 90's & 2000's alternative music. There are lots of guitars, drums, bass - straight forward music - with solid song structure, good melodies, and lyrics that that tell stories that can be translated how they want by the listener.
The EP starts out great with "Fade out (Of Here) and really sets the tone, right away you're hit with big, sweeping guitars builds into a calm point in the verse until it builds back up into a big chorus that was previewed in the intro. It's the pattern that a lot of bands used to take in the mainstream alternative genre years ago and it still works. The band does the same thing with "At Our Best, "but they do it with a better guitar line and a better chorus. "Trip Love" doesn't exactly have the same pattern, it's more bass-heavy, but the vocal/melody is still terrific. "So Loud the Day You Left" keeps with the bass and follows "Trip Love" nicely. "Cadillac Skies" is back to that big sweeping guitar ebb/flow pattern, and it works, but it's not as good of a song as the rest of the EP. "Lana" is a nice way to close out the EP even if it's not exactly a slow moment to fade out the listen. It's upbeat and combines everything the band established on the previous five songs but adds a tremendous guitar solo to it.
Polar States should be a band you're aware of if you're a fan of the alternative genre before (or even after) it became known as indie alternative. They have elements of that, but they're a throwback band to some of the greats that we know and love. This EP is a solid introduction and we can't wait to hear what they come up with next.