Will Smillie aka Mr.Will is a jack-of-all-trades. On his recent release Motel Pools he wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered his songs in his home studio. His music falls under the category of indie rock/pop that aligns with artists like Tame Impala and Mikal Cronin to name a few.
Motel Pools is an exceptional release all around. Smillie has a lot of things going for him. He is a good songwriter, managed to keep a flow to the five songs and I thought his voice sounded great with the music.
First up is the title track, which has a slow, atmospheric feel to the music. It’s his vocals that really carry the song. He sings, “I Feel / Like I'm the only one / Who's ever been this far away / From home / And I feel / The calm before the storm / The noises as they fall away / Leaving me alone.”The general theme dances upon the topic of being a lone wolf and embracing that fact.
“Heir to the Throne” is the next track and another success. It’s catchy, upbeat but coated in melancholy. He sings, “Oh, it breaks my heart, it breaks my heart / Don't want to see it fall apart / You see it fall apart.”
“Why is the Sun Coming Up?” felt like a bit of a transitional piece because of the length and ambience. The synth/organ that goes slightly out of tune in a My Bloody Valentine kind of way was a nice touch.“Where Does the Light Go?” delivers some more indie rock/pop goodness in which he revisits the theme of isolation and being alone.
He sings, “Is he still safe at home /Sitting alone? /Telling himself / To live strong or die.” He closes with “Losing Threads” which has some traces of The Flaming Lips. It’s a great, nostalgic, reflective song that serves as a great closer.
Motel Pools is a great EP. It takes a little time to soak in but Smillie delivers the goods. Highly Recommended.
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