THE POOL - We Will Never Be As Young As We Are Tonight

The Pool - We Will Never Be As Young As We Are Tonight

6 songs
22:13 minutes
***** ***
As Figuras


The Pool is the music project by Martin Bernt, a Danish artist currently living in Berlin. That fact reminded me instantly of Jens Christian Madsen aka Tjaere+Fjer, and I can’t say I was surprised when I read that he is the keyboarder in The Pool’s live setup. Produced by Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten, and also playing guitar on stage with The Pool), the EP We Will Never Be As Young As We Are Tonight was originally released as a limited edition CD, whose 300 copies soon sold out. The EP will now be available as a download release, as a foretaste of the upcoming longplayer.

Martin Bernt uses a lot of words to describe his sound: film music, synth pop, 60s twang, post punk, brit pop, gothic, kraut rock,… What it all adds up to in the end is the artist’s very idiosyncratic vision of dark pop music. It might even be considered ironic that the EP starts with the laid back yet catchy On The Radio, more or less the only excerpt that one might hear on more adventurous radio stations. Not that much is happening during this five minute track, but as so often the tension and suspense is what matters. It all reminds a little of early Eno, experimental Bowie and maybe even a little Byrne. The following The Rain Falls On A Humdrum Town feels like a ballad pushed through the mangler. The atmosphere is very oppressive, but underneath it all one can make out an actually rather sweet melody. Lady Of Sorrow comes with a reverb and echo drenched guitar that reminds of an unholy Chris Isaak / David Lynch cooperation. Breaking The Morning Curfew In A Crashed Car is an experimental electronic track that comes closes to the artist’s vision of film music. Quite interesting, if not as catchy as the remaining material. At The Birthday Party once again starts out rather dark and opaque, but soon build up a nice rhythm that makes it a secret second candidate for a hit song. The EP ends with a once again oppressive track, Elliot Girl Is Running, leaving the listener wanting for more.

I have to be sincere: We Will Never Be As Young As We Are Tonight is not an EP you will instantly like. Instead it takes some time and determination to unlock all of its charms. In the end, you will find yourself enchanted by The Pool’s optimal blend of pop music and experimentalism. I admit that On The Radio and At The Birthday Party are the two songs I like best, and hope to hear more like this in the future, but that doesn’t mean that the darker, less catchy songs don’t have their merits. Two of the songs also feature text parts taken from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Rant, which should give you one more hint of Martin Bernt’s influences. I am looking forward already to hearing more of this promising Danish artist in the near future.

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