In a sentence:
On third album ‘Emerald Classics’, Swim Deep deliver a timely reminder of their effortless pop nous.
creating their own label Pop Committee under parent label Cooking Vinyl, Swim Deep is back with another full LP.
Formed Birmingham, Swim Deep is a five-piece indie/dream pop band comparable to
The 1975 and Bad Suns. With their third full length LP Emerald Classics, Swim Deep stick to their indie pop formula, while
adding some refreshing elements with a solid group of ten songs.
opens with the first single released titled ‘To Feel Good’. This
track is quite different from Swim Deep’s previous work, featuring a chapel
choir as well as spoken work by singer Austin Williams about his late teenage
years living in Birmingham, and his vocal delivery comparable to that of The
Streets’ Mike Skinner, of all people. The choir in this track as well as the
backing synths really add a sense of emotion when placed underneath the spoken
you can hear a lot of inspiration from ‘80s pop. Williams’ soft whispering
vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Neil Tennant’s, especially on the track ‘World I Share’. Guitars are
drenched with chorus, compression and reverb as well as the heavy use of
synthesizers. While listening to the track ‘0121 Desire’, you can’t help but
think of the likes of New Order and Scritti Politti. This track has an
infectious chorus that would’ve been widely received if the song were released 35
that really catches the attention is ‘Drag Queens In Soho’, a song
that feels like it could’ve been written by Jack Antonoff and featured on a
Bleachers album. Something about this track bears heavy repetition, and the
ability to enjoy it more and more each time. The straightforward piano chords
really drive this song and provide a strong backbone. The melodic guitar leads
throughout the song are both simplistic yet effective and add a lot to the
overall song. Again, this track and most tracks on the album have a strong ‘80s
Classics is an
immensely satisfying third statement from a band some may have forgotten existed,
particularly after a long four-year break between records, an eternity in the modern
industry. The band sound re-energised, their new material full of great hooks,
riffs and melodies that can get stuck in anybody’s head. Nothing on this album
is drastically different from their previous work on the albums Where The Heaven Are We and
but it does feel like a step up in terms of maturity, production and
progressiveness. (7/10) (Adam Collings)
Listen to Emerald Classics by Swim Deep here via Spotify, and tell us what you think below!
Tags: Austin Williams, Cooking Vinyl, Emerald Classics, Swim Deep
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