Endless Pools: Romantica
Released Jan. 2016
Recorded at Supermoon Studio
Sounds like Surfer Blood, Real Estate, Deerhunter
Inspiration A day at the beach, Dick Dale
Key tracks Again, LoSt
Where to get it Bandcamp, Spotify, Google Music
Guitar, Vocals Jacob Adams
Guitar Thomas Deaton
Bass Ryan Allen
Drums Damian Caraballo
In a practice space nestled next to a boxing ring and a powerlifting gym, the members of Endless Pools perfect their mystifying blend of surf rock. Their instruments fill the lofted room with waves of warbly guitars and bouncing riffs.
Since forming in December 2014, the members of Endless Pools have already cranked out an EP (with plans for a full-length album by the end of 2016); built a recording studio; and opened for some of their biggest musical influences.
Endless Pools, named after a pool company in a commercial that singer Jacob Adams heard on NPR, plays music with a moody, ambient twist.
The group’s unique blend of sounds comes partly from the unconventional musical upbringing of guitarist Thomas Deaton. He taught himself how to play while listening to ‘80s new wave music, citing bands such as The Cure and New Order as big influences. Before he met Adams on Craigslist, Deaton had never made, or even listened to, surf rock music.
Endless Pools’ sound is influenced by classic surf rock groups such as Dick Dale & His Deltones, as well as shoegaze bands like My Bloody Valentine, Real Estate and Deerhunter. Deaton and Adams are also inspired by the way Radiohead guitarists Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien use pedals to create atmospheric washes of ambient sound underneath the guitar.
“The goal’s always to make music that would be good to listen to at the beach,” Adams said.
Endless Pools received exposure while opening for Dick Dale last April and Surfer Blood earlier this year. The latter band even made a point to see Endless Pools play and complimented them on the rhythm and tempo of their music after their set, Adams said.
“It kind of makes you feel like you’ve arrived,” Deaton said.
The members of Endless Pools also built a digital recording space called Supermoon Studios, where they recorded “Make Waves.” In addition to recording their own music, the group hopes to work with other bands.
“The goal of this is to give people who record with us a way to quickly release [music],” Deaton said. “We want this to be something that is simple to access and affordable.”
The band also prides itself on being carbon-neutral, selling USB drives pre-loaded with their EP as a sustainable way to listen to music.
“From the footprint aspect, we give you something that you can continue to use,” Adams said.
No matter how fans access the music, Adams said he hopes the songs make listeners feel something.
“I really just want people to get up and dance,” he said.
Just Neighbors: Just Neighbors
Released March. 2016
Recorded at Black Bear Studios
Sounds like Post rock and math rock with a jazz influence
Inspiration Rooftop, Cavemen, American Football, Pretend
Key tracks Jackoriah, Reverie, Pockets
Where to get it Bandcamp
Guitar, Bass Justice Diamond
Guitar, Bass Dan Lohr
Guitar, Bass, Keyboard Jarrett Haines
For the four members of Just Neighbors, making music together comes naturally. From writing to rehearsals to naming the band, their process is organic. The final product reflects this: Songs flow easily from one to the next, creating an album that exudes warmth and comfort.
The group met their freshman year at the University of Florida. Despite different majors and interests, they coalesced around a shared passion for music. After meeting casually a few times to jam, the group fell into place.
“We were friends before, and we’re still friends,” said Dan Lohr, who plays guitar and bass. “We were just having fun. And that’s still all we’re doing.”
Just Neighbors released its debut self-titled album in March and is working to release another project this summer, likely in May. Their writing process is collaborative, with all members constantly revising and contributing.
“Everybody’s voice is heard on every song,” Lohr said. “I don’t think we would sound the same if it weren’t that way.”
The album is mellow and relaxed yet keeps listeners engaged. Instrumental tracks transition smoothly, creating a peaceful atmosphere of easy listening. The music has a distinct math rock sound; it uses complex rhythms; clean, bright tones free of distortion; and unusual meters not traditionally found in rock music. The band also cites jazz as an influence in the choice of chord progressions.
These influences create a traveling sound that evokes different moods, from the jazzy “Sandwedge” to the daydreamy “Reverie.” Even within a song, moods shift seamlessly — another hallmark of the math rock genre. The album’s final song, “Pockets,” begins upbeat and shifts into a slower, more stripped-down and thoughtful end.
Although its first album is purely instrumental, the band has been preparing songs with vocals for the next project. They believe adding vocals will let them expand on their existing sound, making it easy for people to connect with their music.
“I want them to just enjoy it,” said Justice Diamond, who plays guitar and bass. “Just enjoy it, and not have to be distracted by it or anything.”
As the band moves forward, the members hope to play more shows in more locations. Jarrett Haines, who plays guitar, bass and keyboard, said he wants to launch a small southeastern tour over the summer.
“It’s a challenge but it’s exciting to have the ideas that I’ll hear late at night come to fruition,” Lohr said. “That goes for everyone. Everyone has these ideas.”
Easy communication of ideas is what makes the band work, Diamond said.
“It’s absurd,” he said. “I don’t know how it works, but it does.”
By Romy Ellenbogen
Daniel Kinsey: Lover’s Trip
Released Feb. 2016
Recorded at Kinsey’s back-porch-turned-music-studio
Sounds like Thom Yorke stole Neutral Milk Hotel’s instrumentals
Inspiration Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, John Frusciante’s earlier albums
Key tracks In the Grass, Days Were Late
Where to get it Bandcamp
Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Drum Machine Daniel Kinsey
Listen to Daniel Kinsey’s two albums, “Lover’s Trip” and “Days by Day,” and you’ll find yourself zoned out, stuck in a reverie only the droning white noise of indie lo-fi can produce. Then, as Kinsey’s deadpan voice punctures your daydream, you’ll realize just how much time has passed since you clicked play.
Kinsey is as shy and self-aware as your typical 17-year-old singer-songwriter. He’s naturally expressive and recalls dancing in public at a reggae festival he attended as a child, overcome by the rhythm of the steel drum.
Though the tendency to move has been suppressed with age, it sneaks out when he talks, his swinging shoulders and bobbing head enveloped in nervous energy.
“I don’t compose. I don’t read music. I just go off of whatever I feel,” he said, matter-of-factly. “I’ll just pick up my guitar and I’ll look at the neck and I’ll think, ‘OK, where in these areas are the notes that are going to represent how I’m feeling?’”
Kinsey has experimented with art, from poetry to stop-motion animation, his entire life, but he only started composing music in late 2015.
“I feel like I wasn’t able to represent this human quality of myself before. I wanted [my art] to be a very big, personal reflection, and I feel like I couldn’t do that through the [art] I was doing before,” he said.
Something else happened in late 2015: Kinsey met a girl. His first album, “Lover’s Trip,” is inspired by their relationship.
“It was a winter day, and we were alone together,” he said. “We tried listening to music, we tried watching movies, but it didn’t feel right, so I ended up lying on the couch with her for — I don’t even know how long … It made me realize just how perfect her and I were for each other.”
The song “Lover’s Trip” has no vocals. Kinsey said this is intentional, an attempt to put a sound to his experience of quietly being together that day. The album is dreary but peaceful, with solemn emotion wallowing inside each guitar note.
“Most of the songs on there are written not really about her, not really about that event,” he said. “The rest of those songs are really just about how somebody else, who can be similar to you, can make you feel more familiar with yourself.”
Kinsey is not just a boy in love, nor is he just a singer-songwriter. He is also a high school student who feels the anxiety that comes with realizing life’s limits. “Days by Day” is striking in its teen spirit.
A lot of the album, Kinsey said, has to do with living a life you never really wanted to live.
“And once it’s too late to realize it,” he said, “that you wanted a completely different life to live, you can’t do anything about it.”
By Molly Minta