Introducing Pool Shop, Brisbane's next dream-pop star
Covering themes including depression and anxiety, Pool Shop's latest single Shooting Star is important as it is plain good.
If there's one thing we know from our years and years of covering music, it's that no-one does dream-pop like Brisbane. While the city is a major player in just about every genre, the last year or two particularly has seen so many musicians from the region blossom with this romantic, hazy dream-pop sound, from the big names in Hatchie to those a bit smaller and emerging, like Pool Shop - a project led by Brisbane's Jamiee Fryer. Their dreamy latest single Shooting Star is a track as beautiful as it is devastatingly crushing, mixing musical subtlety with honest lyrics on depression and anxiety that wash over you with this emotive grace, contrasting the somewhat light and sun-soaked instrumental that hums underneath it. It's intricate and delicate, yet pushes with emotive power - something that signals a really exciting time as Pool Shop looks into a big future ahead.
"Shooting Star is largely about how quickly people’s light can be extinguished, no matter how brilliantly it was burning at the time," says Fryer on the track, which is the first since Pool Shop moved from a Fryer's personal passion project to a full band, now featuring Vlada
Edirippulige (Major Leagues), Luke Pallier, Peter Bernoth (Holiday Party) and Dougal Morrison (Blonde Tongues). "Although the subject matter is personal, the lyrics to speak to universal issues far bigger than just my own, and hopefully resonate with those whose lives have been impacted by depression in some way." Listen to the single below, and get to know Pool Shop while you're at it.
Tell us about yourself?
I’m Jaimee, I’m a little lady, guitarist and songwriter from Brisbane.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
The vibe is dream-pop, shoegaze. Picture a night drive with Ryan Gosling.
What are your production and writing processes like?
The production is unique to each song. At the start, I was recording in my bedroom and in a basement with a friend, Joe Agius (of Hatchie/The Creases) where we mucked around with synthesizers and guitar pedal effects. I vibe hard on recording in this way; being resourceful and maximising what you have. The production has picked up its quality with this new single Shooting Star, being recorded at the Plutonium studio in Newmarket with Aidan Hogg and the band. My writing process almost always begins with a guitar, loop pedal, a closed door and an empty house so nobody has to listen to my noise.
Can you tell us about your latest single, Shooting Star?
Focusing on matters surrounding depression, I meant for this song to bring forward the fleeting nature of life and death and how quickly some people’s light can be extinguished no matter how brilliantly it was burning at the time. Shooting Star is a deeply personal song but at the same time it will hopefully speak to issues larger than one person and I hope it resonates with those whose lives have been affected by depression in some way.
The clip is very much homemade, featuring myself wearing a reflective tracksuit (by My Mum Made It) and singing to the camera. My housemate, Emily Julius, recorded it on her phone camera. I can say, I’ve never felt more relaxed shooting a video clip!
What does 2019 have in store for you?
2019 is all about writing and releasing new music, travelling and playing shows. And I’ve got an EP coming shortly.
Where can we find more of your music?
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