One of the many aspects about Kim Fields’ voice – and the most obvious one for that matter – is that it sounds softly hushed while still maintaining a breathy lushness that matches her band’s music fittingly well. Soundpool aren’t so much another electronic group because in essence, this is a true band making some gripping, terrific music. While they’ve always prevailed with a strong sense of electronics and how reverbs can make for moving times, their singer has always been the one to make it all sound, well, that much better.
Though they’ve definitely caught our attention with their fantastic “And It’s So” single, a lead song that quite frankly transcends beyond its own specific genre. Fields’ voice, gentle and stirring, is a force to be reckoned with because it combines all the elements into one swooping fist of color. It provided a landscape that would be hard to beat – given the effectiveness of both of its dancefloor ready cuts and the melodic timbre – but on Mirrors in Your Eyes, the outcome is both exemplary and blindingly excellent.
These are the kinds of sounds that make it far too easy to get lost into. Waves of heavy synths can take over one song and little by little you have the influence of other notable guitar-heavy bands, most notably someone like U2 and the way the Edge would curtail his guitar to match any given mood or theme. On “I’m So Tired,” the drums and keyboards paint a sweetly tailored room that is waiting for any kind of tension. When the guitar comes crashing in, it almost sounds as if “Ultra Violet (Light My Way)” is roaring into the night, when really it’s just the sound of the band turning into something far more substantial than expected. Such lasting moments come on every song and it makes for a rewarding album on every possible level.
When mentioning ‘dancefloor cuts,’ you have to realize what premise it carries on its own. “But It’s So” is, as expected, perfectly positioned after the opening song’s honest introduction; but it’s the album’s sequencing and overall cohesive feel that makes it that much more likely to age well. “Kite of Love” comes through with a funky bass that leads into a musically rich layer filled with cloudy synths and 90s style beats. In channeling past shoegaze experts like Blonde Redhead, Soundpool is able to inject the right amount of modifications and alterations to reveal a strong showing of skill. It especially comes in handy on something like “Listen” and its moving percussion line and rumbling guitar. Shower it with the right mix of noisy feedback (never too aggressive to disturb), add layers of pedal tones on top of minor chords and top it off with a singer that is able to also adapt her voice to fit the music and you have a winning formula.
The same could be said about many other bands out there but one feature that’s hard to attain and invaluable is the masterful craft of flow. Not only does Mirrors in Your Eyes contain an undeniable amount of wonderful songs, it also presents them in one of the finer sequencing jobs of the year. It adds up to Soundpool being able to showcase all of their strengths and yes, that voice too, in what is yet another solid amount of captivating music.
“But It’s So” by Soundpool