Yes! This is pretty neat! We have put together a sampler that you can download now for free!
It includes tracks from soon to be released albums by Swimming, The Late Greats, Let's Go Sailing and Sad Paw, plus the pick of some of the recent EP tracks from Burning Codes & Foreign Slippers. It's all wrapped up in a nice cover designed by Spookernox
You may normally associate The East Midlands with a few gritty Shane Meadows movies and some iffy crime stats but Swimming’s epic, boundless sounds are set to change all that. In equal parts blissed out stargazing and full on sonic walls, the five piece have been tucked away through out 2007 writing and recording their debut album, The FireFlow Trade in between trips to Rosy Lee’s Tea shop, so readying the sound of Swimming.
New single Panthalassa is like necking a shot of adrenalin drawn straight from the pounding heart of a high speed chase hero. Ruthless in it’s drive and pace the band unite a clear love for big sounds (The Arcade Fire, Spiritualized, Mogwai) with brain teasing hooks and banks of inspired, golden vocals.
B side, There’s A Mountain comes in where Panthalassa left off. A grandiose slice of what Swimming are best at, it’s led with the trademark harmonies that fill the band’s music. Lines such as “Sheer delight is flying out from the fire” swell up with typical heartfelt energy.
In their own words, the bands sound is a result of “ a few of grungy kids who went and discovered the Boards of Canada”
Released initially as a digital single Panthalassa/There’s a Mountain will also feature on the five track Primary EP (Izumi) due out in August. Primary will also boast two other exclusive tracks as well as a first airing of album closer and future classic All In Time To The Shoreline.
Touring and gigging over the last year with the likes of Black Arc, The Mystery Jets, The Late Greats and The Wave Pictures has developed Swimming into a thrilling live band who are making their mark with a sound completely set apart from it’s contemporaries in it’s scale and ambition. Absorbing, intent and at times almost trancelike, the band live out every moment of every song, building the absurd peaks and near silent calm that is their mesmeric world.
Caught up in creaking tales of longing and mortality, Foreign Slippers (aka Gabrielle Froden) makes music of unnerving beauty. Hailing from Norrkoping, Sweden her captivating debut EP, ‘Oh Death’ is absorbing and effortless in it’s warmth. Stories of love, death and bad dreams rest as uneasy bed-fellows here.
EP opener Packed the car deals in fantasy like some cine film footage of summer’s past springing to life in front of your eyes. Wistfully leading with the line “I used to dream I could fall through my bedroom walls” the song shuffles with beckoning charm wearing an apparent love of songwriters like Kristin Hersh and Gilian Welch tucked just under it’s sleeve while all the way maintaining a truly unique delivery.
The five track EP continues on in the same way with other highlights including the heartbreakingly tender Don’t Go set with eye catching, innovative arrangements ( think Sufjan Stevens conducting a ghostly Victorian band), lying below Gabi’s stunning vocal.
In Gabi’s own words, Foreign Slippers influences are an enigmatic combination of:
“her mother’s classical guitar, long summers building tree huts in the woods with her brothers and sisters and family singalongs around an old piano on holiday.”
Touring and gigging over the last year with the likes of Beth Rowley, Iain Archer and label mate Burning Codes has developed Foreign Slippers into a compelling must see act. As charming and charismatic live as the music on her debut EP suggests Gabrielle Froden will usher you into a world of pump organs, music boxes and black birds from which you’ll are unwilling to return.
Yes, we know it's taken some time but at last we can get on with releasing the first fruits from The Late Greats forthcoming album 'Life Without Balloons'
Futures Gold comes at you like a slap around the face and opens with the immortal line, “HEY! I’m pleased to meet you / and all your stupid faces”. Relentless in its tempo and urgency, The Late Greats blend an apparent love of lo-fi US indie/alt-rock (Sonic Youth, Pixies, Pavement) with a truly English delivery, glittering with melodic gold.
The City Swallowed You Whole is another slice of immense energy, with its chest rattling moog bass line and the sweetly resigned chorus “The city has ways, off wearing us down / “The city has ways of stealing our crown”. This is the rallying cry off the small town underdog, about to be let off the lease.
In their own words, the band’s sound was influenced by many things:
“By the surroundings of a seaside town, dead friends, hating the city and what it does to your girlfriend, hopeful musings about a better life with better people, and of course, love.”
Touring and gigging over the last year with the likes of Late of the Pier, Blood Red Shoes, Hot Club de Paris and Howling Bells has developed The Late Greats into an incredibly tight and thrilling live band. Co-vocalists Max Arnold and Ryan Griffiths compliment each other perfectly: Max is assured and confident, while Ryan huffs, puffs, shouts and stamps like a man possessed.
The Future Gold 7" is now SOLD OUT
See them live:
10 Jun The Old Queens Head - London 13 Jun Winterwell Festival - Gloustershire 20 Jun Proud Galleries - London 11 Jul The Church with SWIMMING!- London 23 Jul Sleepers Bar - Huddersfield 26 Jul FARM FEST - Somerset 29 Jul Buffalo Bar - ARTROCKER night - London 12 Sep 93 Feet East - London [More]
BURNING CODES transmission begins...
Burning Codes is the solo project of Irish, Belfast born singer and songwriter Paul Archer, the project also includes various sonic collaborators including Iain Archer (Solo Artist, Snow Patrol, Reindeer Section, and Ivor Novello winner) and Stuart Sweeney (Sonic composer and loop guru). Burning Codes music concerns our own unique messages, the codes which are truly ours, uniquely understood and owned by each of us, uniquely. The music is birthed from our moments and what we do with these moments, how we see, feel, react, encode and decipher the inner messages and the outer manifestations of what we feel, think and do. So, in some way the aim is to try to ’seize the moment/s’ and, as much as possible, create right there and then, just to see what happens when we abandon our conventions and let things flow. Burning Codes has received Radio One airplay via Zane Lowe’s Evening session and BBC NI’s Across The Line plus various local stations nationally as well as independent radio stations in the U.S. Recent gigs have seen Burning Codes supporting and playing with the likes of Gary Lightbody and Lisa Hannigan, Elbow, Duke Special and many others.
The EP is available now to Pre-Order, the tracks are:
1. For All Time 2. Go 3. Keep It On
The Sleeve is Die-Cut and will be out on 26th May 2008
Sonic blowouts, golden voices and space to stargaze, who’s in?
Because Swimming are all of the above.
Signed to Izumi Records , the Nottingham five piece play a firebrand set of epic songs
Set to make 2008 their own, the band’s first step is this digital release of debut single Tigershark . It is a taste of things to come. Live drums and electro beats collide as banks of noise glimmer across the songs face. Tigershark is three minutes of break neck, cinematic sprint.
Featuring a host of remixes from Imoto colluders and secret admirers as well as exclusive binaural remixes available as free downloads from the Izumi website, it will as ever be something a little different from Swimming.
Taken from the band’s debut album – The Fireflow Trade – Tigershark is a shimmering sign of what’s in store. Self produced and featuring live favourites such as the grandiose Panthalassa and show- stopper Crescents, it promises to be very, very big.
Plans for 08 are simple. Bring the music to the people.