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Virgin Pool is the new solo moniker of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Christine Aprile, who makes her debut with the intrepidly captivating Endless Evenings EP out April 19th, 2019. Aprile’s lifelong musical evolution as a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has led her to a reflective and highly personal incarnation in Virgin Pool. Through the graceful arrangement of acoustic guitar, minimal electronics and layers of softly encompassing vocals, Aprile reckons with the magnificent and turbulent landscape of her own transient world. Her poetic deconstruction of desire and the Self gracefully accentuates the vulnerable tenor of Endless Evenings and cements the arrival of Virgin Pool as a profoundly gifted musician and songwriter.

Raised in suburban Indianapolis by a family of accomplished musicians, Aprile was trained from an early age in classical guitar and singing. She began writing pop songs and ballads in adolescence, but after moving to Cleveland to attend film school, Aprile found herself inspired by the outsider music of the Midwest noise scene. While studying filmmaking, Aprile was compelled to write the scores and produce the sound effects for her own projects, focusing and sharpening her skills with synthesizers and sound design. After graduation, Aprile relocated to Austin and became deeply intertwined in the local music scene that produced bands like Stranger Things/S U R V I V E, Pure X, Sleep∞Over, BOAN and Troller, including fronting the synth-pop duo, Silent Diane. After a few stints on guitar with touring bands, Aprile moved to Los Angeles and reconnected with her love for playing and writing on acoustic guitar. Virgin Pool became her therapeutic outlet for longing and loss, using stripped-down arrangements to gorgeously grapple with her most tempestuous inner struggles.

Endless Evenings is the evocative introduction to the language of Virgin Pool. Through her exquisite abilities and distinct, exploratory lens, Aprile humbly reconstructs the traditions of melody and verse. “Keeping Still” displays her departure from classic song architecture, instead favoring a dramatic journey of consciousness rife with penetrating self-examination. This fluid mental state is held together by nimble guitar work and sculpted ambient embellishments that give her stark method of expression vivid character and honest intimacy. The lyrics of “Sweet Decay” feel like a private conversation with Aprile, revealing a dense set of emotions that are both lucid and abstract. Her remarkable vocal performances throughout the EP are decisively paced to unburden each phrase in tandem with Aprile’s cascading tides of thought and dynamic articulation. Gently floating harmonies rise to heighten the essence of her words and intensify the tension within her own resonant timbre, as Endless Evenings embodies the refuge Aprile seeks. Her acute ear for voicing and production allows Aprile to enrich each song element to further the experience of her music as a whole. This complex balance of depth and design is formed with an intuitive understanding of human flaws and interconnectedness, compelling an instant and spiritual attachement with Virgin Pool.

Suspended between catharsis and remorse, Aprile has carefully crafted a unique identity as Virgin Pool. Her extraordinary convergence of musicianship and talent makes Endless Evenings an unparalleled introduction, compassionately depicting the internal shadow of us all.

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released April 19, 2019

Performed and Produced by Virgin Pool
Mastered by Joshua Eustis

Special thanks to Deena, my sisters of the Casual Coven, Madre Jaguar and Will Calcutt for endless support, open ears and loving hearts. Thanks also goes to Eli Welbourne for production and engineering on “Keeping Still,” as well as the years spent showing me how to produce. Shout out to Joey Postiglione for opening up the secret synth lair for “Sweet Decay” and “The Wanderer,” and much love to the Holodeck Records family for their unswerving belief in my music

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Virgin Pool Los Angeles, California

Transcending beyond the singer-songwriter genre into the avant garde, Virgin Pool is the solo project of Los Angeles based songwriter and producer Christine Aprile. Using an unlikely pairing of classical guitar, winsome vocals, and electronic music tropes, Aprile creates evocative soundscapes that fuse folk pop sensibilities with orchestral strangeness. ... more

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Track Name: Keeping Still
Alone in the garden
I could swear that night and day
Were but a wave of emotion, and I was
A wolf alone

A pause in the courtyard
An open door
I let me slip away
I had left the asylum
Of a thought
And I was almost gone

But when I saw you down the walk
The garden overgrown
7 years then, to the day!
It was more than asylum that I’d sought
It was some ideal

Aware of the courtyard
As the coming dawn
Just swept it all away
For a fool with a motive, I’m told
Is a fool no more

Standing by the window looking out
On the sea
In the garden no one was around
Save for me
Track Name: Sweet Decay
The evening speaks
It bares your name
Cicadas breath
Your warmth remains

All is not lost

And seeking peace
The lovers try
To climb, to kill
To pass the time

A restless heart
To call your name
Across the fields
The moonless day

How still the night!
Your message stayed
Another night
Of sweet decay
Track Name: Endless Evenings
Black milk spilled on velvet
And the waters warm tonight
The moon eclipsed the hazy clouds
That raced across the sky
And my mind begins to wonder
Did I see it in your eyes?
To boldly peek through windows made
Of Earth and coal and fire

Well you seemed a little lost, my dear
But I couldn’t shut my eyes
Away from any fantasy and I let them suck me dry
But I miss that fatal glory
With those evenings in July
But the worried ways, the day to days
I leave them all behind

And I wonder, is the water high?
Has the summer waved goodbye?
It’s those hazy endless evenings that I morn
And here they lie
To me you’ve always been a memory
Like a page on which to write
That I fold and tuck away between
The black milk and the sky
Track Name: The Wanderer
Falling would be simple
Our love could be sweet
Our fates intertwined
As we wandered the vines
Meeting in a moment out of time

But it was a lie that freedom
And like a fool thought I’d break every chain
Yet your heart cut through
But you’re a wanderer too...
And right now it seems wanderings what I do

And you got me wandering
You got me wandering

Maybe when we’ve both found
That which must elude the vision sold
But if you were near
It might be more clear
Cause right now I’m just staring in a mirror

And you’ve got me wandering
You’ve got me wandering

Now the mountains they divine me
And I can’t tell if time is on our side
If one day we find that our paths intertwine
We’ll see what bends this road has got in mind

And you’ve got me wandering
You’ve got me wandering

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