poolblood 
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Next Door Records • 2024

On their latest EP, poolblood exists in the liminal space between conviction and suggestion, delivering heartfelt vocals.

Maryam Said of poolblood exists in the liminal space between conviction and suggestion, delivering heartfelt vocals with an air of casualty. Following mole, their 2023 full-length album release, theres_plenty_of_music_to_go_around.zip is a short and sweet EP, a natural continuation of their growing momentum. “wringer” is emotional, persistent and exploratory in how it evolves from its simple beginning of voice and guitar. Throughout the track, a sense of desperation negotiates with surrender, the string arrangements creating soft landing places between questioning lyrics: “where does it make you whole? And from where does it grow?” 

On “resin,” Said’s soft, folky vocals fall over an arpeggiated guitar, accented by electric slide and brushes on a soft-spoken drum kit. The arrangement slowly builds over time, with strings and keys adding dimension around the vocal lead. “twinkie (live at tibet studio records)” is a stripped-back version of its former self, appearing as a lo-fi indie-pop production in poolblood’s previously released album mole. 

What intrigues me about poolblood’s signature sound is how it’s both relaxed and demanding, subtly noisy and asking to be heard. There’s a real commitment to the central idea and a slow build to poolblood’s songs that makes it almost a surprise to find yourself at the end with a full band playing earnestly to your ears. Poolblood’s performance is saturated with feeling, and I’m excited to see where it leads next.

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