[Cover photo credit to Jibril Yassin]

poolblood (she/they), the musical nom-de-plume of Toronto’s Maryam Said, embraces Punk Rock but also orchestrated Bedroom Pop. They have announced their signing to Next Door Records, and also shared the new, nostalgic single + videotwinkie.” The single is Produced by Shamir, who also plays guitar and drums on the track.

Said explains:

twinkie’ is a song I wrote about the tenderness of time, time as a source of love, and the way time is the ultimate parent. Starting over is as sweet as a golden sponge cake.

The scrapbook-like video, directed by Emma Cosgrove, also brings a sense of nostalgia, with a vintage feel from being shot on film.

Said adds:

The song is about starting over, so it was great timing to have Emma and I shoot the video while the flowers were blooming.

Single artwork for “twinkie”

poolblood is a proponent of the Indie music community in their hometown of Toronto. Having grown up in a religious household that kept them at arm’s length from popular music, they nonetheless found themselves drawn in by the music of Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), who left an imprint on their relationship to music and songwriting. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of artists like Fiona Apple, Nick Drake, Ichiko Aoba, Mitski, poolblood is a “pastiche of genres and styles working in a blended harmony”.