poolblood (she/they), the musical nom-de-plume of Toronto’s Maryam Said, released their debut album mole, January 2023 (Next Door Records). Raised in a religious household, Maryam grew up with mo-town, Somali, electronic, rock, R&B and classical music. These all influenced poolblood’s multi-genre music passion. poolblood has collaborated with Shamir, Jorge Elbrect, Christian Lee Hutson, Jasamine White-Gluz (No Joy) and many more on their debut album.

mole has been critically acclaimed with features on NPR, Bandcamp (album of the day!), Exclaim, MTV and many more. mole was also nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. poolblood has been touring Canada & USA throughout 2023 including SXSW, Pop Montreal, River & Sky Festival and a USA tour with Speedy Ortiz.

“poolblood’s first album mole feels like the first sign of warmth after a harsh winter” - Post-Trash

“poolblood’s ‘mole' is the soundtrack to the emotional rollercoaster of friendship that we didn't know we needed - MTV

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December 9th, 2023