Melody Pool: Lost In Time

Rebecca Varidel
1st Feb 2023

Emerging from a lengthy self-imposed retreat from the recording industry, Melody Pool returns this month with an exquisite, dreamy collection of songs titled LOST IN TIME, set for release on 17 February.

For an extended period Melody was in fact finding herself – taking time to focus on her beleaguered mental health, a subject she has openly written and spoken of throughout her career. This enabled her to explore music in a more creative and intuitive way, and ready herself to relaunch her recording career on her own terms, as a wholly independent artist.

Lost In Time is an EP of six sensitive and exploratory songs recorded in just two days on her 160-acre farm in rural NSW. It features some of Melody’s best writing to date and showcases an artist fiercely dedicated to her craft and walking to the beat of its strides. “I follow where the muse leads,” she says. “I don’t ever want to make an album filled with pop hits. It’s always going to be me playing guitar and singing the truth.”

From bearing the scars of heartbreak on her critically acclaimed debut album The Hurting Scene in 2013, through to the aching depression that imbued her stunning sophomore release Deep Dark Savage Heart in 2016, Melody has continued to put forth vulnerability with raw honesty through her songwriting and live performances. Never shying away from wading in the darkest depths, she consistently shows audiences around Australia how freely one can lay their soul bare.

Following the release tour for Deep Dark Savage Heart in 2017 Melody shared a more literal account of her experiences when she featured on ABC Television’s Australian Story. At that time, she announced she would take a break from music to focus on rehabilitating her mental health.

A few years ago, with her life and music partner Christopher Dale, she began performing live again and looked for ways to record her growing list of new compositions that dealt with the subjects of resurgence and empowerment, as well as exploring a more peaceful approach to music and existence. Self-producing in a pared-back acoustic folk style, Melody and Chris emerged with the six songs on Lost In Time as a prelude to a planned album release, which will include even more new songs, later in 2023.

She has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, opened for the Eagles on their 2015 Australian tour and recorded in Nashville, but with Lost In Time, Melody has returned to her roots, making music for herself, on her own terms, in her own time.

The single “Lost In Time” was released in December 2022. The six-track EP will be released on 17 February and Melody’s new tour begins in Maitland on 8 March.

Sydney and NSW Tour Dates

March 8 Maitland/Wonnarua – Grand Junction Hotel

March 17 Coffs Harbour – Archive

April 2 Albury/Wiradjuri – 2 Fingers

April 13 Sydney/Gadigal – Camelot Lounge

April 15 Canberra/Ngunnawal – Smiths Alternative

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