Why Water is a Vital Step in Porches’ Discography
In a clever play on their 2016 release of Pool, the band Porches has introduced us to an EP named Water. The EP is composed of stripped down tracks that appear on the band’s preceding album, as well as two unreleased tracks: “Black Dress” and “Black Budweiser T-shirt.” The EP’s release coincided with the release of a video for “Black Dress,” which features Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) dancing in a studio.
Water provides us with a rugged quality, which is a departure from Pool’s electronic vibes. The sound is purposefully unfinished and stripped, and Aaron Maine’s untouched voice lends a lovely dose of melancholy to the tracks. It would be easy to dismiss this EP due to its unfinished nature, but Water is a vital chapter of Aaron Maine’s discography. This EP gives its listeners insight into the transition from the folky Slow Dance In The Cosmos to the synth heavy Pool perfectly.
In a press release regarding Water, Maine said, “I spent the first year after releasing Slow Dance In The Cosmos teaching myself how to record music. I ended up with a bunch of pretty realized demos for songs that ended up on Pool during that process. It was a loose and explorative time for me…Either way, it's fun to listen back to these earlier versions of the songs and remember how they first existed.”
In the act of comparing the two albums, we fail to appreciate the fact that Water is an EP meant to show the evolution of Porches’ sound. This work is commendable in that it lends an eye into Maine’s process. Songs and musicians that we regard as iconic go through many stages, and Water serves as a reminder of that. Water is a look into the process that led to Pool, one of the greatest albums of 2016. Therefore, it deserves our attention.
Watch the “Black Dress” video below.
Purchase Water here.