Silver Pools is a band from Toronto, Canada, founded by Juno nominated musician and producer Todd Macdonald (The Winks, The Strombo Show) who has also performed on productions by The New Pornographers, Main Source and Man Meets Bear.
They just released a new psych-inspired synthpop single titled “A Kiss for the Swimmer” along with a video. Watch the video and read our new interview below!
Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind ”A Kiss for the Swimmer”?
Todd: The song started from a backwards and mangled loop from an old song. I was listening a lot to both Chet Baker and Cat Power at the time so the first verse is sappy sad romantic like Chet and the second half is the darker conclusion of the story. The programmed drums are inspired by the Pierre Kwenders’s song Sexus Plexus Nexus and the live drums during the second verse were our friend Tim Adam’s idea.
How has your community contributed to your success?
Todd: Community is everything, we met Adrienne (our bass player) at a house party jam and there are so many amazing and inspiring artists all around us. There are too many lovely folks to shout out here, but I got to say Mario Anzola is a master of community building with his Subtle Blend concert series and label. He played drums on another song we have coming out soon and check out his project Anzola, his self-titled debut full-length is amazing!
What advice would you give other musicians?
Todd: Speaking of community, I think asking friends for honest feedback on songs and productions can be very helpful. More and more people are recording and producing themselves these days and while that is amazing, it means less chances for a different perspective.
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
It’s different depending on the song. Sometimes it starts with a bassline and a rough drum machine part, sometimes a melody I sing on my bike or from a loop like with “A Kiss for the Swimmer.”
How did it feel when you released your debut single?
Todd: The single was not our first but it was our first in a few years and it was so great to finally have something new out there.
If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
Todd: I would love to jam with the Dirty Three sometime. Weaving mandolin between Warren Ellis’ violin and Mick Turner’s guitar would be so inspiring.
Miranda: I love the idea of live orchestral arrangements in pop songs, something like Beck’s Sea Change, which I think was arranged by his father?! So recording with Beck and his dad would be sweet. Adrienne: Tasseomancy. I thoroughly wonder about their writing process.
What first got you interested into music?
Todd: Singing along to Jimi Hendrix & Supertramp as a small human.
Miranda: My whole family would listen to AM radio in the summertime since I was a baby, and I love sixties folk and psychedelic music because of that.Adrienne: I decided to “check out music” for the first time in grade 10. I listened to a lot of Billy Talent and Alexisonfire.