Abandoned Pools is the musical project of Tommy Walter, a former member of the alternative rock band Eels. In 2001, he released his debut album Humanistic, which showcases his talents as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. The album features a blend of alternative rock, industrial rock and electronic elements, creating a dark, atmospheric and sometimes aggressive sound. The album also features backing vocals by Angie Hart of Frente! on four tracks.
The album opens with "The Remedy", a catchy and energetic song that sets the tone for the rest of the album. The song deals with Walter's frustration with the music industry and his desire to break free from its constraints. The chorus goes: "I need a remedy / Of diesel and dust / Something I can taste / With a fix I can trust / Another high / More potent than lust". The song was featured in the soundtrack of the video game SSX Tricky.
The next track is "Mercy Kiss", a more melodic and pop-oriented song that contrasts with the previous one. The song is about Walter's relationship with Hart, who he met while touring with Eels. The song expresses his love and gratitude for her, as well as his fear of losing her. The chorus goes: "You're my mercy kiss / You're my grace / You're my faith / You're my hope / You're my place". The song was released as a single and had a music video directed by Marcos Siega.
The third track is "Start Over", a upbeat and optimistic song that encourages the listener to overcome their past mistakes and move on with their lives. The song features a prominent keyboard melody and a catchy chorus that goes: "Let's start over / Let's start over again / Why can't we start over / Let's start over again". The song was also featured in the soundtrack of SSX Tricky.
The fourth track is "Monster", a darker and heavier song that explores Walter's inner demons and insecurities. The song has a distorted guitar riff and an industrial beat that create a menacing atmosphere. The chorus goes: "I'm not your monster anymore / You're not scared / But I still am". The song had a music video that showed Walter being chased by a giant monster in a dark forest.
The fifth track is "Blood", a slower and more emotional song that deals with Walter's feelings of betrayal and anger towards someone who hurt him. The song has a piano intro and a string arrangement that add to its dramatic mood. The chorus goes: "You've got blood on your hands / And I know it's mine / I just need more time / So get off your low / Let it go".
The sixth track is "Suburban Muse", a more upbeat and playful song that celebrates Walter's creative inspiration and muse. The song has a funky bass line and a synth riff that create a fun vibe. The chorus goes: "You're my suburban muse / You make me feel so good / You're my suburban muse / You make me feel like I should".
The seventh track is "Sunny Day", a cheerful and sunny song that contrasts with the darker themes of the album. The song is about Walter's appreciation for life and nature, as well as his love for Hart. The chorus goes: "It's such a sunny day / I'm feeling okay / I'm feeling alright / It's such a sunny day". The song features Hart on backing vocals.
The eighth track is "L.V.B.D.", an acronym for "love vs. brain damage". The song is about Walter's struggle to balance his emotions and rationality in his relationship with Hart. The song has a fast tempo and an electronic beat that create a sense of urgency. The chorus goes: "Love vs. brain damage / Love vs. brain damage / Love vs. brain damage / Which one will win?".
The ninth track is "Ruin Your Life", a sarcastic and bitter song that mocks someone who ruined their own life by making bad choices. The song has a keyboard melody and an industrial beat that create a cynical mood. The chorus goes: "You ruin your life / You ruin your life every day in every way ec8f644aee