Reminiscent of emotional cool girls Joni Mitchell and Carole King, 21-year-old Melody Pool showcases an ability to convey sorrow, loss and melancholy through her stunningly effortless vocals. Her lyrics demonstrate a remarkable maturity from the young Hunter Valley newcomer. Unafraid to challenge musical norms, Pool’s alt-pop country songs venture into folk, blues and alternative genres, bringing a unique, breath of fresh air to standard country music.
Following in her father Alby Pool‘s footsteps, Pool began singing in his country band at the age of 14. Having spent the past few years supporting local country artists Kirsty Akers and Lachlan Bryan, Pool now has two EPs, the title of Best Songwriter at Tamworth’s Telstra Road to Discovery and a critically acclaimed album under her belt.
A successful crowd funding campaign (a seriously big deal), flew Pool to Nashville, where Brad Jones (Sheryl Crowe, Dolly Parton, Missy Higgins) recorded and produced Pool’s full length debut, The Hurting Scene. Its a diverse collection of raw, heart wrenching numbers that truly highlight Pool’s lyrical prowess and gorgeous, understated voice. The album features 12 insightful and eloquently sung melodies from the clearly wise beyond her years singer-songwriter. The poignant lyrics are offset by the sincerity and expression evoked in Pool’s convincing emotional delivery. Pool’s gentle, dulcet voice is the gratifying focal point of each stripped down ballad and acoustic guitar-based country song. It’s a quality that adds depth to her songwriting and emphasizes her immense talent in The Hurting Scene. With artists like Laura Marling, Rosi Golan and Emma Louise on the rise, Melody Pool is definitely one to watch.
The Hurting Scene is out now through Liberation Music. Melody Pool will join British songwriter Tom Odell on tour in Melbourne and Sydney this December and January.
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