17 July 2014


There is always room in the charts for pop music that can be interpreted or received as a little bit preppy. A little bit cheesy. A guilty pleasure that you have no qualms over. Los Angeles quartet Smallpools deliver such charismatic college pop through and through.

The band's most recent single is "Dreaming", a perfectly concocted song that bounds along with enthusiasm and typical American bravado as it details the nightmare of a situation and the attempt to rediscover reality and its humbling reassurances. Encroaching jabs of synth and juddered beats immediately dictate: boisterous and enlivened from the offset with a washy dose of California class-rock and electro-pop fuzz that bolsters each chorus section. Smallpools manage to wrap their lyrical musings into a screechy outpouring that adds another element as well as injecting a youthful splash of verve across the canvas. It is all rather Passion Pit, blended with Satellite Stories. Need we say more.

Check out the music video to "Dreaming" below. Like what you hear? Then be sure to re-tweet, re-post and share this review and spread the new music love.

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