Abandoned Pools release their long-awaited third album, Sublime Currency TODAY via Tooth & Nail Records.  Sublime Currency is the culmination of the eleven-year journey of Tommy Walter, bassist and co-founder of the critically acclaimed band eels.

The band has slowly been leaking the music leading to the release. Alternative Press exlusively premiered the title trackand RCRDLBL offered a free dowload of another track from the highly anticipated album.  ’Unrehearsed’ is thoughtful, emotive rock that finds singer Tommy Walter crooning over a hushed instrumental landscape,” attests Emily Zemler atRCRDLBL“Basically, if you’ve been a fan in the past, this is a welcome return.”

Last week CMJ premiered “sweet and soft pop” track “Behemoth” along with a Q&A with Walter.  Now it’s time for the real deal and the good folks at Spinner are hosting a FULL CD LISTENING PARTY for Sublime Currency.  Check out the albumhere and pick up a copy at iTunes, which includes an exclusive acoustic version of “Sublime Currency.”

AP have a few LA area shows coming up surrounding the album release, starting TONIGHT when Tommy plays solo at Hotel Cafe. The official CD RELEASE PARTY is Saturday, September 15 at THE ROXY in Hollywood and the band hit the stage again on Sept 27 at The Wire in Upland.

Sublime Currency
is the follow up to Abandoned Pools’ 2005 release Armed to the Teeth, a disc that revealed a songwriter grappling with confusion and darkness.  Now, Tommy has answered his own questions, finding solace in his faith and recent marriage.

“A sublimely polished album that figures to not only have the emo kids swooning but that, owing to Walter’s open-hearted confrontations with his own struggles, adults will find relatable as well. As returns go, Abandoned Pools’ is at least brave, if not happy.”
– BuzzBandsLA

“An ’80s-inspired synth album with an abundance of smiles and electronic drums, ‘Billion’ kicks in like a psychophrenic nod to Trent Reznor and the Social Network soundtrack.”
– Seattle Weekly

“’Behemoth’ is a sweet and soft pop track with plenty of pretty piano”

Mellow songwriting focused on story and vocal melody.”
– Music Connection

“It’s a pop album as heartwarming as they come.”
– Indie Vision Music

Prior to making the album, Tommy concentrated on producing, mixing and songwriting, working with artists, producers and bands such as Sara Bareilles, Ryan Tedder, Backstreet Boys, Better Then Ezra, Mike Simpson of The Dust Brothers, Bryce Soderberg of Lifehouse and many more.


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