“And I always go unnoticed to everyone but myself,” Melody Pool sings in “Somebody You’ve Never Met Before” on her debut album, The Hurting Scene.
Crowdfunding enabled Melody to make The Hurting Scene in Nashville in 2012 with producers Jace Everett (responsible for the True Blood theme “Bad Things”) and Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Justin Townes Earle, Missy Higgins).
But after the independent release of the album, the Melody Pool story soon changed. Melody signed to Mushroom Music Publishing & Liberation Music who re-released The Hurting Scene in July 2103 and Melody went on the road in Australia with Californian duo The Milk Carton Kids, who then invited her to tour Europe. “And,” Melody adds, “I got to sing with them every night, which was a wonderful experience.”
Melody also played at the 2013 Americana Music Festival in Nashville.
“The Hurting Scene is one of the most accomplished debuts by an Australian singer-songwriter for many years,” stated Iain Shedden in his 4½-star review in The Australian. “A star is born,” declared Stack magazine. “If she can write this deeply and beautifully at 21, who knows what she’ll be capable of at 30?”
Tales of lost love, infidelity and asserting independence, The Hurting Scene contains a dozen original songs that are beguiling and bittersweet. “I’m in love,” Melody sings, “and you’re to blame.”
Melody is a young artist with an old soul.
Some background: Yes, Melody Pool is her real name. The daughter of musicians Alby and Annie Pool, Melody, from Kurri Kurri in NSW, made her stage debut at the age of eight, singing with her dad, a stalwart of Australia’s country scene (twice WA’s King of Country).
It was inevitable that Melody would become a musician, though she briefly entertained thoughts of becoming a lawyer. “Growing up in a musical household, that seemed very exotic to me,” she laughs.
Melody was 14 when she wrote her first song. “It’s very impulsive,” she says of her songwriting process. “I can go months without writing a song if I don’t have a muse. But when it comes, it comes very hard, and I’ll write a bunch of songs in a couple of days.
“I think that sometimes songs just need to be written and they will find a way to come out.”
A potent mix of folk, pop and country, The Newcastle Herald called Melody’s sound, “original music that defied easy labelling”. When they entered the studio, Jace Everett asked Melody: “Do you want to record this in a genre? Or do you want to record this genre-less?”
“Genre-less,” Melody replied. “Let’s just go for it. Whatever comes.”
Jace later tweeted: “The Hurting Scene will break your heart.” Melody dedicated the album “to anyone living on the hurting scene”.
These are songs that will break your heart. And soothe your soul.