Poney Poney - Cross The Fader EP

The title track is an exemplary New Wave cocktail of hard-hitting garage rock and subtle French electro pop.

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Released 10 Mar 2008 | | By Jon Parry | Rating: 4
Poney Poney - Cross The Fader EP

Three-piece Poney Poney are prominent players in the currently buzzing Parisian electro scene, and their 'Cross The Fader', following last year's catchy single 'Junior', shows us why. The title track is an exemplary New Wave cocktail of hard-hitting garage rock and subtle French electro pop.

Xavier de Rosnay's production touches - the drum machine loops, the dub-reverb, and the, well, cross-fading consisting of a false, teasing feedback ending - are a delight, as is the song's humourous premise: it's about trying in vain to record this song with a lady lawyer who's a nightmare in the studio, ineptly trying to 'give [the band] a hand' or just being generally off-putting because she's too damn hot. Either way, the band's amusing 'real' problem is not the studio time 'ticking away' but, one suspects, that the 'shy' singer any time but studio time really wouldn't mind calling her. The song's knowing irony of course is that he could ring her up now and play her this down the phone with a justified I-can-seal-a-date confidence.

He would perhaps do well to avoid playing her the DJ remixes (tracks two and three) however, which lack the ballast, subtlety and wit of the single by destroying its concision and its glue - filtering down and deconstructing the neat Xavier embellishments which held the single together so compellingly. That said, they would likely fill a dancefloor, which is surely no more than an on-the-job DJ could ask for.