While much of Pool runs off good vibes and a sense of cool on a surface level, there is an indescribable and moving sadness underneath it all. Still, it's a decent release; despite some shortcomings, its lively bass lines, rich sonic palette, and the earnestness in Maine's falsetto are together able to maintain buoyancy. Written and recorded almost entirely in the Manhattan apartment he shares with his partner and collaborator, Greta Kline a. Sometimes those kind of theatrics can cheapen the music a little bit. .
Another axiom is the aforementioned bass grooves which anchor these 12 tracks by colourfully bouncing about, and unlike some other marks of Aaron Maine's handiwork, they rarely accept a yawned contentment; it's certainly the most consistently gratifying component Porches employs here. There is a simplicity to the minimalistic execution and dreamy intoxication of the album that may not be for everyone, though I personally found it to be refreshingly different and welcoming. For all intents and purposes, Pool is an album by, about and becoming popular amongst the privileged white indie youths of America, but to me, it does not feel as aggressively niche as say, The Strokes. Yet Pool is less cynical as it is melancholy and filled with regretful nostalgia. Having listened to about half of Slow Dances, I actually think this quote works just as well, if not better in describing Pool, because Maine has accomplished his goal and then some. For this and other reasons, I have found Pool wanting the moniker of a masterpiece. Maine seems to have spent the time since Slow Dance studying classic soft rock and the inner workings of the recording studio.
That said, the performances still sound entirely genuine, even when a little flaccid. The kind of dream where you relive things from summers ago and wonder if by doing things a bit differently, you could have seen your life turn out an entirely alternate way. Inspired by his move to New York City, Aaron Maine has made an album that explores many different themes, but plays out in true cinematic form. The latter half of Pool shines brightest when Maine shows more of himself, and becomes increasingly poetic and earnest. A new album that sounds immediately comfortable.
Written and recorded almost entirely in 's Manhattan apartment, the album was mixed by , and should play equally well in bedroom headphones and basement nightclubs, and leave many anticipating album three. However, calling it a reinvention would be an overstatement, as 's characteristically brooding tone and emotively direct vocal and songwriting manner brand the results distinctly his. The results may not have been mind-blowing, but always sounded introspective and genuine. Foremost it is music that I love, that is what drove me to create this site. It's a tranquil finale to a record that demands an immediate sequel — or, at least, another listen. That is certainly something I would love to see more of in the future.
Yet, Pool somehow seems more like a dream that felt just real enough to pass as life so that you felt a bit shaken to wake up from it; surreal but still grounded in a sort of reality. The lyrics were never the thing to write home about, but his openhearted songs would pick up an image, symbol, or theme, and then nail it down clearly. Porches, the recording project of New York-based Aaron Maine, have announced the new album, Pool, set for release on February 5, 2016, via Domino. I felt that feeling after I listened to it the first time; I felt it after listening again and then again after the third and forth listen. It is strictly forbidden to share links to albums via file sharing sites Zippyshare, Torrent, Kingdom Leaks etc.
There is a sense of both excitement and relief felt reviewing something as new and relatively under the radar as Pool because it makes reviewing the music itself much easier and seemingly relevant. Those are the things that Pool is made up of, and like those dreams, you may never want it to end. Regardless of its loud moments, Pool is a pretty calm album. One has to wonder if the concentration on slowness, patience, and water comes from the new focus on electronics and yacht-adjacent sonics. The song construction feels a bit uniform at times, but it works well: Maine sets the scene with his lyrics, then allows the listener to imagine the scene themselves over a hypnotic instrumental beat. Has it Leaked is not a download site. That change saps the warmth out of his lo-fi style, and the Auto-Tune and synths slow his already flat delivery and lyrical meditations on slowness even further.
I prefer In Utero to Nevermind and safe as milk instead of Trout Mask Replica. I confess to liking Duran Duran and the Bee gees in my youth. Potato Head as host where things got crazy when Hank Williams signed on to be the musical guest and showed up late, anyone? Throughout its relatively short and filler-free run time, there are no excuses to be made or second thoughts to be considered while enjoying Pool. Pool takes its soft rock and dance touchstones in handfuls and throws them all into the pool. Though this could possibly be an intentional move--and by keeping things simple, perhaps Maines hopes to stimulate the listener just enough so as to induce a breezy head-bob without demanding greater attention--the net effect is lackluster all the same. Northern Transmissions is a Music website that features interviews from musicians and bands we love.
If I had to try to pin down a specific reason why Pool appealed to me and will hopefully appeal to others, it is due in part to its remarkable listenability. Yet being as beautiful, catchy and memorable as it is, Pool comes close. Pool is an album that evokes dreams, but a different kind of dream than the ones that many albums aim to emulate. Expanding his lyrical palette could help differentiate his songs, though, especially if he continues to work through this type of soft rock and synth tones that can sound anodyne and blend together. Nor is Pool like the dream where all seems darkly wonderful until you start to feel something is going wrong and you find yourself falling, falling, falling down a dark tunnel, spiraling to an unnamed abyss. We have interviewed so many of them, from The Drums to Destroyer.