Oriel Poole has dropped her debut EP, Sunday, charged with themes of personal inspiration and the pursuit of inner desires. Throughout each track, her unique vocal tone shines through, helping to express her deepest thoughts and emphasize her personal experiences. Her first full offering to the world, Sunday is now available to download or stream worldwide from your favorite digital source.
Oriel truly believes in her path as a vocalist, along with her lyrics and themes, have the ability to inspire others to forge their own path when it might not be the sound thing to do. An accomplished production designer in her own right, Oriel bucked the safety of a blossoming career to follow her passion as a musician. Sunday is the culmination of years of hard work, doubt, stress and accomplishment, all of which are present in the music and lyrics of the songs. Produced by Max Savage, each track on the EP is unique but they all have an underlying thread of being soulful, passionate and full of retro synth that engages the listener. When asked about the importance of Sunday as a piece of work and a theme, she responded, “Sunday is the day that I was born, literally and figuratively. It is the day I embrace my calling, release the barriers, and step into this world as an artist.”
A dual citizen, Oriel was born in Bristol, England, and moved to Connecticut with her family at the age of eight. After attending both ASU and Drexel, she had began to build a career as a production designer leading up to the economic crash of 2008. As things would unfold in the aftermath, she took that time to reflect and decided to pursue her passion as a musician full-time. “It’s crazy, but I feel like the economic climate back in 2008 gave rise to the art form I felt most deeply connected to. If it wasn’t for a challenging couple of years post college, I would have never given music a realistic consideration, but I am so grateful I did,” she said. Now residing in Los Angeles, she has been no stranger to the local scene performing around town, as well as being featured on tracks with downtempo producer Thriftworks, and electro-band Lotus.
As her first fully realized piece of work, Sunday sets the stage for Oriel Poole to break through. Download or Stream the EP from your favorite digital source now and keep up with Oriel by visiting OrielPoole.com
About Oriel Poole
“Start from the heart, let my dreams make the rules,” perfectly summarizes electro-soul siren, Oriel Poole, into one phrase. Her vocal tone combines the soulful grit of Erykah Badu with the haunting mystery of Lana Del Rey, creating a seductive, otherworldly sound all her own. With “a voice that will pierce your soul,” (Indie Shuffle) her melodic R&B synth-pop both electrifies and soothes the senses, all in one breath.
Born in the UK, Oriel grew up in the US and embarked upon a promising design career, but during the height of the Recession following 2008’s economic crash, she discovered that her long time love, music, was her ultimate passion. Using the skills she honed as a production designer, Oriel now adapts her talents to self-manage and direct her music career.
Being primarily self-taught, her melodies come from an intuitive feeling, rather than intellectual place. They are honest, free of pretension, and full of passion. Unburdened by what someone may have been taught or told they are supposed to do, her approach allows her to improvise and court inspiration wherever she finds it. Just as she has straddled the worlds of music and design, her songs float effortlessly between the worlds of the cosmic and of the human.
Upon the strength of the first piece of music she had ever written, which would become her debut single “Brighter”, Oriel was able to rally support from friends and new fans behind the creation of her debut EP, Sunday. This early success demonstrated to her that the decision to leave a promising design career was not just a lark, but the first steps of a true artist with unlimited potential. Leading up to the creation of her EP, Oriel took a course in Ableton and Music Theory, which would help her to define the parameters of each song. One step she took was randomizing the BPM, mode, and key of each song and developed the songwriting from there, which led to the EP’s highly eclectic collection of genre styles and vocal expressions. To help smooth out the rough edges and help create a cohesive piece of work, Oriel then recruited Producer Max Savage to take Sunday to the next level. Now after years of hard work, the EP has become fully realized, charged with themes of personal inspiration and the pursuit of Oriel’s inner desires.
While she has been working on Sunday, Oriel has collaborated with a number of prominent artists and musicians including electro-band Lotus on their track “Anti-Gravity,” and downtempo producer Thriftworks’ song “Someone.” The former, she would go on to perform with the band at iconic venues like The Fonda in Los Angeles, and Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver. The latter would end up exposing her to many underground electronic music lovers. Building on her successes and momentum so far, the release of Sunday is the emergence of Oriel as an independent solo artist.