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Nic Pool

Sounds likePortishead, Sade, Bon Iver
LocationTucson

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A subtle storm of jazz and R&B-injected pop, the desert alternative-pop newcomer's soulful timbre recalls the timeless desire & heartache of Sade and Bon Iver, with the moody existential angst of Portishead. Currently splitting time between Tucson, Arizona and Los Angeles, the singer-songwriter arrives fully formed with the release of his debut single “The Falls," produced by Elliot Jacobson (Elle King, Vérité, Allie X) and distributed via AWAL.

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The track topped the Hype Machine, playlist support from i-D, Disco Naïveté, Kick Kick Snare, Spotify's Fresh Finds: Index, and Amazon Music's Fresh Indie and Introducing Indie sets, as well as praise The Line Of Best Fit, Billboard, EARMILK, Self-Titled Magazine, PopMatters, Popdust, The Wild Honey Pie, and more. The breakthrough cut was also remixed by JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN) & Daniel D'artiste (Jaden & Willow Smith, Harry Hudson),

“The song is about how grief can feel like being stuck beneath a waterfall,” Nic says. “How loss can derail you, overtake you, numb you, and sometimes it takes years to pull yourself out of the cycle.”

The track begins with a spoken word intro, written by Catherine Pond, a Los Angeles-based poet and PhD candidate at the University of Southern California.

"I'm sick and tired of being angry at God. I see angels where they don’t belong, slithering head first down the length of my neighbor’s roof. Petrichor, wild long hair," so goes the opening salvo. "In the winter light, every waterfall was you. In other words, the sound never stops. Longing claws around in me, blue-tipped, with a face like an artificial flower. It’s cold as hell but I’ll tell it to you straight. I would’ve loved you in the fold, in the falls, I would’ve loved you."

Nic follows up the debut with a second single, the apocalyptic bop "Rockets," released on Oct. 10. "Growing up no one really understood me, even in my own family, and my imagination was just on fire from a very young age," he says. "This song is sort of an ode to that feeling of wanting to escape your surroundings and a fascination with all things intergalactic."

Both tracks appear on Nic's debut EP "You & The Falls" which will be released on Feb. 27, 2019. The album artwork for all singles and the full EP is by S.S. Powell, a Brooklyn based visual artist and musician (Surfbort, Ice Balloons).

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