Bands to Watch #363: Swim

By on Monday, 7th December 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Words by Rebecca Clayton

We’ve come a long way since the days of advertising for bandmates in newspapers. Swim, the Swedish chill-wave duo, prove this. Formed in 2013, Swim is the brainchild of Erika and Carl, who collaborated and shared ideas for a year before meeting in person. After recording, writing and producing separately for years, the pair’s forthcoming debut EP is out at the end of this week.

The pair remains relatively low on the radar from a social media perspective, but they will no doubt garner attention following the release of their debut single and EP title track ‘Next to Me’, a track that feels like it could have been unearthed from some dream-induced realm of cyberspace. The single has also garnered attention from the Swedish techno/trance pair Boeoes Kaelstigen, whose remix of the song has been posted to Soundcloud.

According to Swim’s Facebook page, the duo are looking to “create music for your late evenings”, precious moments of solitude, drives along the seaside and the last throbbing hour on the dance floor, and that is precisely the tone that this single conveys. Erika’s vocals, one moment hoarse and low, then hauntingly clear the next, lend well to the atmospheric and mesmerising rhythm of the track.

It’s easy when listening to Swim to pick up on some similarities to other artists tagged with the label chill-wave, such as Washed Out and Toro y Moi, and Erika’s dreamy vocals are reminiscent of Romy Madley-Croft of The xx. However, Swim don’t fit neatly or cleanly into any specific category. Erika and Carl’s own brand of chilled-out indie synthpop is fresh, interesting and genre-defying. .Whilst it does echo other artists in similar areas, the mixture of the mellow, dream-like rhythm, and Erika’s distinct vocals makes it hard to pin Swim down exclusively to one genre.

Swim have two shows planned for the new year, in Switzerland next April, no doubt with many more on the way. If their debut single is anything to go by, the EP due out later this week is set to be a triumph. The debut EP from Swim, ‘Next to Me’, is out on Friday, the 11th of December, on With Love Recordings.

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