Soundpool album cover

Dif Juz


Collecting the London quartet’s first two EPs as well as their later contribution to the 4AD compilation Lonely Is An Eyesore, Soundpool is an excellent documentation of a still underrated band, whose forceful, often elegant version of instrumental rock had definite afterechoes among many future bands. Possibly only the Durutti Column matched their general goals at points, with a similar sense of postpunk’s mood and exploration, but songs like “Re,” the dub leaning “Heset” and especially the striking conclusion “No Motion” are their own remarkable creations.

Ned Raggett

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