Opinion Review

Mind Pool: Recurrence

Relatively fresh on the local music scene, Cape Town based psycadelic rock band Mind Pool, whose name perfectly echoes the dream-pop trippy style of their sound, recently dropped their debut EP.

The 5-track project, entitled “Recurrence”, seeks to encapsulate just what this unusual four-piece have on offer. In an effort to portray their music as purely as possible, Mind Pool self-record and produce all of their material. Self-described as an experimental musical quartet, the group was formed through the mutual desire to create a musical project which pushes the boundaries of the traditional quartet – and the resulting product, steeped in psycadelic soundscapes, does nothing less.

The opening track, ‘Wonder Lane’ throws the listener right in at the deep end, with a heavy, somewhat muffled rock anthem of an intro which is intermittently displaced with whining psycadelic intrusions. As a heavy rock sound is coupled with its ambient counterpart they dance around one another in a perplexingly well orchestrated way and despite the fact that the song does not seem to follow any set structure, gently undulating psy-distortions rub shoulders comfortably with the rollicking rock-driven riffs.

Regardless of the upbeat tone set at the opening, the remainder of the EP is surprisingly down tempo. ‘Artificial’ contributes to the prevailingly languid pace with whining guitar distortions, shakers and a distant drum baseline. Dreamy vocals, almost drowned among the multitude of melodic constituents, weave in and out of the track, indistinct lyrics only adding to strange appeal of the song.

Floaty synths and ethereal guitar progressions are found in ‘Aviary’, which is the only entirely instrumental track on the EP. Densely layered with an almost overwhelming culmination of synths and bluesy melodies, this gently rolling, snail-paced track catches the essence of what Mind Pool are all about – despite its slightly lengthily time frame.

‘Trouble Myself’ incorporates intriguing jazz elements, while still holding true to the band’s stark ’70s influences with heavily synth and psychedelia-steeped vocals, while the closing track ‘Golden Heart’ reiterates their unusual rock influences with several gritty guitar riffs. Faintly bizarre vocals are then coupled with the band’s characteristically dreamlike sound as the track veers away from its harsh intro.

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Listen to “Recurrence” on Bandcamp.