TUNE The Union Pool - The Number 4
The Union Pool release their debut EP 'The Number Four' via Tape Club Records.
The Union Pool is duo Joel Laslett Pott and Matthew Tomkins, multi-instrumentalist producers sharing influences of Beach House, Boards Of Canada, Jai Paul, Mount Kimbie, Bill Murray, Wes Anderson and skateboarding.
The songs on the EP contain a somewhat nostalgic narrative exploring past loves, moving on from happy memories and recurring themes of the desire to belong but also be an individual.
"I remember that struggle when I was growing up", explains Joel, "I wanted to be different and stand out but I also wanted to be accepted and be part of the gang".
Working a day job in print design for Alexander McQueen, Mary Katrantzou, Temperley and Christian Dior; Matt brings an off-piste outlook to The Union Pool's creative process
Matt: "Growing up listening to my parent's record collection, I particularly loved the intros of songs and sections from film soundtracks on VHS which I would record onto my dictaphone over and over to make a long version to listen to on my Walkman.
"One thing I really liked about Matt was the way he seemed to think/work/create in patterns" says Joel. "He had a laptop full of cool little loops that just built over 30 seconds. I'd hear these ideas and want them to continue for longer"
The first song they wrote, EP title track 'The Number 4', was developed from one of these early loops - the original laptop recordings (including drums recorded at Matt's dads house with only two mics) remain intact. In the studio the duo share musical duties 50/50, expanding initial ideas with traditional instrumentation and experimentations on dictaphones and their synths of choice the Juno 106 and Casiotone, with lyrics by Joel written as the track progresses.
Away from fronting the band Athlete and around the birth of The Union Pool, Joel has written and produced songs with artists such as George Ezra, London Grammar and Shura.
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