The Dowling Poole is formed by singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Willie Dowling and Jon Poole. Their first album ‘Bleak Strategies’ (released in 2014) was a Top 20 Indie album and with Mojo describing it as “A classic British rock album heavy on powerpop smarts 4/5”. Classic Rock magazine hailed the album as “one of the most gorgeously idiosyncratic records to emerge in years 9/10”; and the second album ‘One Hyde Park'(released in 2016) is just as beguiling.
Top 20 and Spotify success
“One Hyde Park” went straight to number 13 in the UK Indie Breakers chart. The single “Rebecca Receiving” has been played on Spotify more than 26 000 times.
Songs from the album are being played on a number of radio stations worldwide, while receiving excellent reviews, including: Classic Rock: “A uniquely brilliant creation from a breezily talented pair” 9 out of 10. Powerplay Magazine: “Dowling and Poole continue to hit every button that matters; there has to be a place for beautiful music like this. One of the albums of this or any other year.” 10 out of 10. Mojo: “Full of buoyant, melodic swot-rock smarts.” Vive Le Rock: “Quirky, clever and incredibly catchy”. The Sun: “It’s a great pop rock record – don’t miss out.” 4 1/2 out of 5.
Influenced by pop masters such as XTC, ELO, Blur, 10CC, The Kinks, The Beatles and more, The Dowling Poole – described by The Sun as “an awesome pairing 4.5/5”, have once more created an eclectic and contemporary sounding mix of semi-psychedelic pop, somehow quintessentially British-sounding, laced with harmonies and a multitude of influences from the best of 50 years of rock and popular music. Powerpopaholic called ‘Bleak Strategies’ an “essential do-not-miss album”, whilst GetReadyToRock said simply, “You will love this album, trust me!”
Both Dowling and Poole have earned solid reputations as writers, session musicians and producers, writing songs, recording, producing and touring with a large number of different groups and artists. They are always in demand for film and television composition and have worked with some of the biggest names in British comedy and drama.
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