Move too fast and you might miss it. Like a stunning sunset reflected in a rain puddle, you may miss the beauty in Esbie Fonte’s “Pools” if you aren’t paying attention. If you aren’t keeping your eyes and heart open to the tender voice singing to you from the other side of the water. So slow down this Friday. Breathe deep and soak this in. The weekend will come soon enough. For right now there is “Pools”.
Of the song, Esbie says:
Written in Cornwall, England on a rainy night, â€œPools,â€ confronts the very genuine love of someone residing many miles away in America. The â€œsomeoneâ€ in the song is a childhood love who lingers painfully into the present.
“Poolsâ€ was recorded in Fonte’s home city, San Francisco, California – vocals in Fonte’s apartment closet vocal booth, and piano on a Steinway at Hyde Street Studios. A field recording of children splashing around in water is layered with various analog sounding synths reminiscent of a vintage record. Esbie elaborates:
The video is shot around Los Angeles and Laguna Beach capturing a down-tempo and cinematic atmosphere filled with symbolism of universally relatable feelings â€“ feeling trapped and hopeless, but eventually breaking free, letting go, and as the video showcases, literally emerging from the â€œPoolsâ€ of oneâ€™s own confines.