Anyone who has spent any time with Ben Gunning's solo career will recognize elements of the dense, quasi-futuristic indie R&B sound on display through the EP's four tracks, but POM shines the vocal spotlight on Dann, who brings a welcome levity to songs that might otherwise feel overstuffed.
The standout moment here is the aforementioned "Echo," a woozy, dreamlike track by turns alluring and disorienting. It opens with some wispy, ethereal vocals from Dann before yielding to a low-key, funky beat and transitioning into a weird interlude where Dann croons "the oranges grow and flowers open / and now and then some new person is born / to smell them." This is the soundtrack to the bottle of wine you open after everyone has left your house party.
Midway tracks "I Don't Know" and "Pet" are cut from a similar cloth, featuring lots of bleating synths and more breathy vocals and enigmatic lyrics from Dann. "Pet" also unleashes Gunning's distinctive falsetto for a solo verse. The EP closes with "Echo (Hard Version)," which reimagines the lead track as a '90s-style club cut.
POM brings together two artists clearly committed to a unique vision. Their debut EP, though brief, raises plenty of intrigue regarding what path POM might take on a full-length record. (Independent)