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Infinity Pools EP

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"Like watching a gray, drizzly dawn over a dystopian future-metropolis" - STEREOGUM

"The highly promising EP combines elements of folk, found sound and ambient soundscapes that conjures up the timeless sounds of Helios, Benoît Pioulard and a host of other electro-acoustic milestones" - FRACTURED AIR

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"Mute Forest release an EP of pre-album tunes to whet appetites with disarming, whispery vocals over muted beats" - BANDCAMP

What does the future of peace and quiet look like? Is it possible for someone to find serenity in a world where population mushrooms and buildings continuously jockey for the best possible view? With Kael Smith’s (Mombi, Khale) Mute Forest this dichotomy is at the epicenter of his Infinity Pools EP due April 7th via Lost Tribe Sound.

To coincide with visuals courtesy of Gregory Euclide (Bon Iver, Erased Tapes), Smith’s debut EP fuses acoustic sounds, mangled electronics and provocative lyrics across four meditative yet mesmerizing tracks.

Serving as a companion piece to his expansive and sonorous LP, Deforestation, due later this year, Smith’s Infinity Pools EP was actually written as a reaction to that material but will be released first. “Deforestation will in a sense be a prequel to the EP,” explains Smith. “And for listeners who follow along, should provide an interesting reverse narrative,” he concludes.

“Crypt,” the EP’s opener, contains oscillating vinyl-sampled rhythms, chiming electric guitar and gently struck nylon guitar. Following that is the sparce and haunting “Volcanoes Flowing,” which traces a melancholy beat and slow, lovely piano crescendos to its heartbreaking conclusion.

Darker in tone, title track "Infinity Pools" has a commanding presence using ominous electronics and damaged samples of Le Creuset pots being struck. Heavily processed and featuring vocals from Smith’s longtime girlfriend Kelly O’Brien, the track unfurls into a hypnotic groove over the chilling words “You’ll feel like an ember trilling/out in space.”

Washing over the listener to conclude the EP, “Eat the Skin” originally started as an A Winged Victory for the Sullen remix of a song off of their recent LP, Atomos. As the track progressed though, all of the layers performed by AWVFTS were eventually stripped leaving only acoustic guitar and Smith’s voice. “I like to pretend we wrote that song together, hopefully someday they will hear it” desires Smith. He uses the big, cavernous sound of acoustic guitar as base for unhurried, dulcet vocals and airy electronics. “I’ve always loved the big, acoustic sound of Seafood’s “Desert Stretched Before the Sun”“ explains Smith. “I really tried to emulate that deep resonate tone where the acoustic sounds like a tidal wave.”


released April 7, 2015

All songs written, performed, recorded and mixed by Kael Smith (
Kelly O'Brien backing vocals on "Infinity Pools."
Mastering by Taylor Deupree at 12k Mastering
Production assistance on "Crypt" & "Volcanoes Flowing" by Matthew Herron

Original artwork by Gregory Euclide (
Copyright 2015 Lost Tribe Sound (
Published by Settled Scores 2015 (ASCAP)

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Mute Forest Colorado

Hailing from the Rocky Mountains, Kael Smith meticulously grafts lush and verdant acoustic capturings with filtered electronic elements. With releases under Khale, Mombi and now Mute Forest, Smith's quest for ear percolating textures hit a new high with 2018's dusty and distorted folk ballad "Pray for Hail". His second full length album 'Riderstorm' drops April 3rd, 2020 via Lost Tribe Sound. ... more

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Track Name: Crypt
There’s a draft blowing though your barren skull
And held in direct sunlight a cannonade of rays comes through
I had this sudden little lovely twitch go through my veins
To step on your dull spine

I wish you’d sweep away my ruins for good
Don’t waste your time this is my watershed moment

Holding me secure in your arms
Slipping out when you fall asleep
Programming the song to repeat
So you won’t wake
Ambling my way to the fields
I’m feeling my directions are right
Everything is just how I dreamed
The white moon streams
Finding you was only the start
Of a machine with many moving parts
Everything is just how I dreamed
Crypt descending

Here’s the sun glowing through your arid skull
A mass of rays bounce inside
Inside and out
I had this sudden little lovely twitch go though my veins
To step on your dull spine

I wish you’d sweep away my ruins for good
Don’t waste your time this is my watershed moment (my dear)
Track Name: Volcanoes Flowing
Didn’t you know you can save her
For how long
Let it go
Higher the saw
Lower it down
Didn’t you know you can leave her
For how long
Let it go
This is a window it stays open
For how long
Let it go
Higher the saw
She’s trying to connect but we don’t understand
Lower it down
Her howl is as muted as a window pane
Higher the saw
She’s trying to relate while we gaze out in space
Lower it down
Wait long enough and riots become river noise
Higher the saw
This is a window it stays open
For how long
Track Name: Infinity Pools
Your world on a laugh track
You charge so there’s no pause
You’ll feel like you’re falling through charcoal steps

Bells are tolling
You’ll feel like you’re an ember trilling
Out in space

Out in…
Track Name: Eat The Skin
You held your hand to the dimming sun
Because behind it there’s another one
Dead voices telling you to relax
From generations past
Or just a synapse

I’d forget
If you would too
Because in my life
There’s still room for you

Minor bodies from a larger pool
Kept separate
But they want to fuse
But they want to fuse

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