Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Dougie Poole - "Beth David Cemetery"

Photo by Bug Carrasco

There are a lot of artists doing the classic country thing these days, but Dougie Poole is doing it just a little differently. The Brooklyn artist's latest single, "Beth David Cemetey," has all of the twang required for an old time country sound, but Poole just sounds a little... different. The song has a little bit of Brooklyn indie rock in it. While most classic sounding country sounds Southern, "Beth David Cemetery" sounds more Northern. It might sound impossible for a country song to sound this Big City, but this one does. 

Dougie Poole says of the new song:

"Beth David is the cemetery in Queens where my Mom’s side of the family is buried. I’ve lost a lot of people in the past 10 years or so - not just family, friends too. Maybe that’s just what getting older feels like. Adding names to a list that only gets longer. So I wanted to write a joyful, messy, kinda boozy, kinda hungover song about going to a funeral. I wanted to capture the way a homecoming brings into focus the passage of time, and draws us close to the idea of our own death, but not in an exclusively sorrowful way. Of course there can be a lot of joy in a funeral - in recollection of loved ones who are gone, in being close loved ones who are still around - but also scattered around in the rubble of grief you can occasionally catch a glimmer of how sweet it is to be alive, or how it might feel like to fully evaporate. Doesn’t seem so bad. Everybody’s doin it.”

You can watch the video for "Beth David Cemetery" below. The Rainbow Wheel of Death is due out February 24 on Wharf Cat Records. The album can be pre-ordered through Bandcamp. For more on Dougie Poole, check out the artist on Facebook and Instagram.

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