Hot on the scene, Swedish duo POOLS have made quite the first impression with their latest singles ‘Walk’ and ‘Looking For Trouble’. Now, they are set to release the new single ’By the Old Noon’ from their debut album ‘You & Us’.
The two-piece outfit is the collective vision of multi-instrumentalist Fredrik Forell and lead vocalist Arvid Hällagård. Reminiscent of bands such as The National and The Tallest Man On Earth, POOLS combine americana, folk and gospel to create something quite remarkable evidenced in the profound might of their debut album.
‘You & Us’ sees POOLS baring all in a strikingly raw and unadulterated rumination of loss and sorrow. Going through a divorce as the album was taking shape, Arvid’s heartache beautifully translates into something we can all witness and understand. From start to finish, the record follows the painful journey of putting a relationship to rest, recognising its shortcomings and beginning to move on.
The record sees the union of POOLS’ eclectic musical background in electronica and stoner rock, where soulful vocals intertwine chasmic bass and folk guitar complements the haunting chimes of synthetic noise. Striking a perfect balance between light and heavy, the duo has crafted an amalgamation of charming melodies that will play hopscotch in the back of your mind.
Arvid says about the new track ’By the Old Noon’; ”It’s a tale about how sometimes things just go wrong without you being able to control it. A blues story, influenced by old folk stuff and songs like Tom Waits would sing. A tragic comedy.”