Sublime Currency, the long-awaited third album from Abandoned Pools, is the culmination of an eleven-year journey. In many ways, the album tells a new chapter in the narrative of Tommy Walter, the songwriter and musician behind the band. Tommy, who is from Westlake Village, CA, began the project in the early ‘00s, initiating his own visionary project after leaving the band The Eels.
The album, written and recorded during 2010 and 2011, took shape organically, a thoughtful response to Tommy’s current life view. The recordings took place in several Southern California locations, Castle View Studio, The Bombshelter and Tommy’s own LQP Studios, all with Tommy at the production helm. And ultimately, like Abandoned Pools’ debut, Sublime Currency is a unified, cohesive vision from a focused musician. Even all the instruments on the album, with the exception of the drums, were played by the multi-instrumentalist.
“I went back to my core of writing on my own and recording on my own because it keeps the project focused,” he explains. “I had a lot of range on the first album and I wanted to keep that going here, this range of styles. The songs come from a long span of time, but I feel like they’re all appropriate to now.”
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It's different| Posted September 05, 2012
I didn't really like Eels, I'm more of that rock, hard rock (Thousand Foot Krutch, Disciple) so it was a lot more different than I expected! I'm still not warmed up as much but it's still different! So I'll stick around
An Impressive Label Debut| Posted August 28, 2012
You might not know this but Abandoned Pools has been around for about a decade or so. Tommy Walter, the sole member, has been a part of the indie music scene for much longer. In this, his third AP album, Walter does a great job at introducing us to his style and lyrical prowess. The style is a mix of indie rock and dreamlike electro pop and it really works. It's actually been about 7 years since the last AP album so you can tell that Walter has taken his time to perfect everything about this album and it does show.
Sublime Currency is a wonderful distraction from the summer norm. It does a great job in introducing new fans to his style and keeping any old fans excited. It manages to rock out hard on some songs and be very dreamlike in others. It's worth a listen just to see if this sort of music is your thing or not.