Listen continuously on Mixcloud

The first YouTube search result of Empty Pools by Shlohmo shows VHS footage of adolescent boys skateboarding empty pools and irrigation canals of the island of Honolulu. The sun-drenched scenery in the video – an excerpt from the ’94 skateboard movie Children of June – matches the moony lap slide guitar tones and the sounds of the ocean that echo along in the mixtape. Sultry voices and languid tunes alternate in tidal patterns, over recordings of waves rolling onto a beach, or over sound effects simulating that tranquilizing audio of the sea. White noise repeatedly increases and decreases. Bubbles emerge from underwater as a result of Joe Meek’s kitchen sink recording methods. When night falls on an island shore, the sea withdraws as a harp softly plays. LV
Playlist by: Loes Verstappen

  • 01 Empty Pools - Shlomo
  • 02 Passarinho - Joyce
  • 03 Music is Painting in the Air - Sensation’s Fix
  • 04 Ave del Paraíso - Nueva Costa
  • 05 China Seas - The Honolulu Queens
  • 06 Ananas Symphonie - Kraftwerk
  • 07 O Relógio - Os Mutantes
  • 08 Evensong - Fripp & Eno
  • 09 I Hear A New World 1 - Joe Meek
  • 10 Tsunami - Benoit Widemann
  • 11 Ridiculously Deep - Arto Lindsay
  • 12 The Quiet at Night - Mary Lattimore