Maripool is the moniker of Lisbon-born, London based songwriter Natasha Simões, a self-described ‘one girl band’, who works entirely solo, writing and playing all the instruments on her guitar-driven bedroom-pop arrangements.
Championing a strong DIY aesthetic, Maripool has previously self-released two EPs, including 2019’s warmly received I See Everything I Know, both of which came out via cassette with accompanying zines.
Having since pricked the ears of South Coast tastemakers Strong Island Recordings, Maripool’s new single ‘Blindness’ is her first for the label and her most mature to date. Veering away from her previously favoured falsetto vocals in favour of a more natural, half-spoken delivery style, gritty rhythm guitars chug beneath Mac Demarco-esque lead lines (courtesy of live guitarist Bea) as softly played motorik drums interact with a melodic bass line.
Recorded by Younghusband’s Euan Hinshelwood at his Greenwich Studio, ‘Blindness’ comes alongside a similarly alt-rock-inspired instrumental B-side called ‘Emilio’.
Simões said of the single:
“I wrote ‘Blindness’ during the first lockdown, I was listening to a lot of punk and midwest emo so felt natural to change the direction a bit. It was inspired by the Book ‘Blindness’ by José Saramago, I was really intrigued with the narrative of everyone becoming blind except one person. I put that into perspective and wrote about it.”
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