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GREEN POOLS COLLECT THEMSELVES WITH NEW EP

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Perth’s Green Pools are set to launch EP, ReCollect, on Saturday 6 November at The Aardvark. A collection of songs the band has been working on since 2018, you could characterise this EP as a band looking fondly backwards as they prepare to launch into a new phase of their musical journey. Far from being the last budgie in the pet shop, this is a band that is sleek and ready to launch. So why the nostalgia? Well, these songs are just too good to leave behind, so Green Pools have tied them up in a bow and left them as a gift to their loyal and growing fanbase. It’s a brilliant collection of songs that includes fan favourite, ‘Neighbourhood Hero’ and current single, ‘Blue’, which is still on high rotation in the ATS offices.

Green Pools singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Tess Hutchinson, takes up the story of ReCollect only for Around The Sound.

‘ReCollect’ was started in 2018 and finished at the beginning of 2021, if we’re being really honest. In between this, we all changed jobs, moved houses countless times, broke up and restarted relationships, experienced a pandemic and lost a member, gaining a new one. It’s been a very formative time for our band and we have definitely grown as musicians and as people over this period. Here’s what each song is about. 

ReCollection 1: Albany 
I started this song whilst we visited Albany with some friends and spent the weeks after Christmas staying in a little camper van outside their family home. We hiked and ate peaches and nectarines from an orchard nearby and it was a really important time in our lives. Albany is also quite important to our band as Owen (bass) is from there and he loves visiting his old stomping ground. Since visiting a few times, I became pretty fascinated about the South West and the subculture of substance abuse that is present there. The song is about the contrast between the natural tranquility of the area and the strange feeling of unease that it brings. 

ReCollection 2: Mystery Charmer 
‘Mystery Charmer’ was written when I was uncomfortable about my own sexuality and the way I was percieved by others. I felt very bookish growing up and it was quite a big shock to me when I hit my late teens that people began to see me in a different way. The song is about feeling attracted and attractive to someone for the first time and processing this. 

ReCollection 3: Middle Eye 
I wrote this song after my second trip visiting the Pilbara and I was quite enchanted by the Outback, particularly the sunsets. I loved how red the earth was and how free it felt to be travelling alone. I had been listening to lots of different types of music and someone recommended The Paper Kites’ record, ‘On The Corner Where You Live’ which had lots of ’80’s lovesong influences that really resonated with me at the time. This song is kind of a take on the songwriting style of this album. 

ReCollection 4: Blue 
‘Blue’ was written at the beginning of a break up and finished at a reconciliation. The song was written just before I headed off on another trip and I was absolutely exhausted before I even boarded the plane. I forgot my sleeping bag and left it in the car and I was all over the place. It’s about romanticising the notion of homecoming and returning to the person you love – and all the things that make you feel comfortable – a take out and a drink with someone you love. Relationships are complex and particularly long term ones, go through various iterations. But if it’s the right person, it’s worth the effort. 

This was the first song we did with Elloise on drums and we recorded it with one of our friends, Christian, at Sundowner Studios. We spent two days and recorded three new songs and it was such a great experience. Very collaborative and easy. 

ReCollection 5: Neighbourhood Hero 
‘Neighbourhood Hero’ was written about someone close to me who passed away when I was younger. He was a real member of the community and he had lots of friends and people who he looked after and who loved him – but he didn’t return the favour in looking after himself. Mental health is still a subject that lots of people are uncomfortable in addressing and the more comfortable we are in discussing anxiety and depression, the more supported people feel in talking about their own experiences with it. The song was recorded with Camarano, who is a brilliant songwriter in his own right and he really helped create a personal and nostalgic feel to this song. The beginning section is is excerpts of family home videos and you can hear me as a baby chirping away in the background. 

ReCollection 6: Alderney 
Originally this was written as part two of ‘Albany’ and it was Harry’s idea that ‘Albany’ open the record and ‘Alderney’ close it. The song was written when I woke up really early one morning and it felt like everything around me was waking up too – the flowers, the trees and the birds. It makes me feel very hopeful – even in a time where its hard to feel this way at this time when there’s so much upheaval politically, environmentally and socially. Special thanks to Kim Thair for his drums on this song. Kim played with me since the high school and moved to Melbourne last year and he’s such a talented musician who taught me a lot about music. The song is named after the island where Owen’s mum lives in the Channel Islands – she’s a very special lady. 

Listen to ReCollect on Spotify


Green Pools launch ReCollect at The Aardvark on Saturday 6 November with Cecilia Brandolini, Servo Flowers and Angie Colman.

Get tickets here, while you still can.

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