Abandoned Pools
Sublime Currency


4.0
excellent

Review

by VJ90 USER (13 Reviews)
September 2nd, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tooth & Nail actually signed a quality artist?

Remember racing to the embrace of your parents after school to present them with a crayon-coated picture created in class? What many would view as haphazard scribbles and colors creeping beyond predetermined limits, your parents saw a sincere, bright vision of life through the eyes of a young and relentless imagination. This was art at its purest – hardly bothered by execution or reception. Abandoned Pools’ Sublime Currency is the musical equivalent of this
innocent, enthusiastic expression.

Sure, paralleling the artistic output of the 32-year old singer/songwriter Tommy Walter – operating under the aforementioned moniker Abandoned Pools – to a wide eyed youngster is suspect, but there is a pervasive innocence that fuels Sublime Currency’s cheery choruses that needs to be heard. Mixing the warm, catchy melodies of Mae and the delicate atmospheres of Copeland, Walter has crafted a record meant for basking in the sunny glow of late summer with arms stretched for the sky, spinning in a careless bliss.

Picking individual songs to highlight becomes quite the chore after multiple spins of Sublime Currency. This is due to the lush and unpredictable environments Walter wraps himself within. “Hype Is the Enemy” boasts bouncy verses and a sugary chorus that will tuck within listeners’ memories. “Behemoth” glides along smoothly with plodding piano and hushed horns. “9 Billion” glitches with industrial beats and explodes with ravenous guitars, creating a carefully cultivated chaos. “From Long Sleep” peaks with entwining male and female vocals over gentle acoustic strumming and sleepy synths – and that is only a small sample of the sonic range Abandoned Pools explores through the eleven songs offered here. Revealing more surprises would be an injustice to curious readers, as experiencing the album track by track is similar to the open-mouthed awe that comes with shuffling through a funhouse. There is a moment to remember around every corner.

Although the majority of the music on Sublime Currency could be considered upbeat and optimistic, do not confuse happy content for a lack of songwriting depth. Every track on this offering is worth a listen, with no trace of filler to be found. Walter, recently married, and armed with a renewed faith, challenged himself to fashion an album based on embracing joy and perseverance in the wake of struggle. With lyrics like the opening line of the record, “I can push the buttons/I can wrestle with the phantoms/Till I see that all the best things happen naturally”, Sublime Currency offers an oasis of encouragement beyond the materialistic and pessimistic content of Abandoned Pools’ contemporaries.

In an age of foreclosures, bankruptcy, and living from paycheck to paycheck, it would pay to check out Abandoned Pools’ Sublime Currency. For this album is a refreshing plunge into a world of wonder and enchantment. Whether or not you have parents waiting to embrace you in their arms or even a doorway to run through, a spin of Sublime Currency will transport you back to those perfectly imperfect days where smiles appeared effortlessly, life was just a little bit more colorful, and your best efforts were enough - even if you scribbled outside of the lines.



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NoMeansYes
September 2nd 2012


1012 Comments


Nice album art!

VJ90
September 2nd 2012


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't get the artwork to appear when I try to edit the album. Whatever.

"Behemoth":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKWI_p7swyw

"Sublime Currency":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn77zKO4OIo.

"Unrehearsed":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcwKnIczab0&feature=relmfu.

Thanks 4 reading.



taylormemer
September 2nd 2012


4917 Comments


Fixed.

Remember, you have to WAIT for your album art submissions to be approved by the moderators. The error message can be ignored. DO NOT bang away at the servers by reattempting to submit the art because that causes problems as well.

PorkchopExpress
September 2nd 2012


387 Comments


Jesus, I had an album by this guy called "Humanistic" from a long time ago, and I haven't heard anything from him since. I had no idea he was still making music. I'll give this a listen.

VJ90
September 2nd 2012


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Got ya, taylormemer. Thanks for the assistance! Lesson learned.

Spec
September 2nd 2012


27179 Comments


Interesting band name.

JackSparrow
September 2nd 2012


1686 Comments


The vocal melodies in Behemoth are really cool, this piques my interest

VJ90
September 2nd 2012


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet! Give it a shot. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this album.

Eko
September 2nd 2012


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review! glad it got one on here. album is borderline 3.5/4 for me

VJ90
September 2nd 2012


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, Eko. I am glad you dig it as well.

VJ90
September 2nd 2012


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

But really, you guys - anyone peeved about Mae or Copeland breaking up should really give this a spin.

Think the cheesiness of Mae's The Everglow, only a little more digitized. If you can't smile, yet want to smile, your prescription has been written.

Eko
September 2nd 2012


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't really see the Mae or Copeland comparisons but whatever

bloc
September 2nd 2012


34873 Comments


Previewed a bit of this on Youtube. Wasn't too interested though.

VJ90
September 2nd 2012


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fair enough! At least you gave it a shot. Eko, Walter sounds EXACTLY like Dave Elkins and musically, both parties aren't too far off either.

skoopy48
September 2nd 2012


1508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes, i love this, unique, great production, consistently good songs, very impressed

Digging: Let It Happen - Cause Effect

skoopy48
September 2nd 2012


1508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but no this isnt mae or copeland sound wise, although i could see some of his earlier work being compared to mae

Eko
September 3rd 2012


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's a stretch but I don't have a closer comparison for you so whatevs

bakkermaarten007
September 3rd 2012


3545 Comments


I remember severely disliking humanistic so I'll pass on this.

SadAndHolyGlow
November 22nd 2012


1521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Wow. This is definitely among the best of the pop-rock releases for 2012. I sure wish it got more recognition on Sputnik.

Digging: Cutting Crew - Broadcast

froghawk
January 19th 2013


128 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Humanistic and Armed to the Teeth were absolutely fantastic listens. Not sure how you could dislike them even if you don't like stuff this poppy... I generally don't! On first listen, I definitely enjoy the tracks which sound the most like ATTT best (9 Billion, which is a b-side from that record anyway, In Silence, Legionnaire, etc.). The new synthy sound is cool, but I'm not really digging the supertuned sheen on the vocals. His voice sounded great without it, but i guess it's just for effects to blend better with the synths?



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