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Live Gig Video: Wild Swim perform stripped back version of new song ‘Too Late’ for Sofar Sounds in London

By on Friday, 29th November 2013 at 4:00 pm

Oxford group Wild Swim have revealed a video from an intimate secret performance in London they did for Sofar Sounds in October. In this video, they play new song ‘Too Late’ in a stripped back way while being surrounded by their adoring fans. Watch it below.



Video of the Moment #1353: Wild Swim

By on Wednesday, 16th October 2013 at 6:00 pm

Wild Swim from Oxford have a new video for their single ‘New Dawn’, out next Monday (the 21st of October). If bathing in milk (or what I hope is milk?) is something that freaks you out, you might want to skip this video, I think. Watch it below.

The band play London Shacklewell Arms the day after the release, on the 22nd of October.



Quickfire Questions #53: Jamie Jay and Sam Robinson of Wild Swim

By on Friday, 4th October 2013 at 11:00 am

Jamie Jay (guitar / keyboards / programming / production) and Sam Robinson (drums / percussion) of Oxford band Wild Swim decided to tag team it when we asked them our TGTF Quickfire Questions. They recently appeared at London XOYO as support for Duologue, and Ben’s review of that night is forthcoming. But first, let’s take a trip down memory lane with the lads…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Jamie: The earliest pop song would probably be David Bowie‘s ‘Life On Mars’.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Sam: Rolling Stones – ‘Sympathy For The Devil’.

What song makes you laugh?

Jamie and Sam: Kirin J. Callinan – ‘Embracism’ (it’s also very good though).

What song makes you cry?
Sam: Martin Simpson – ‘Brothers Under the Bridge’.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Sam: Tom Waits – ‘Hang Down Your Head in Sorrow’.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Jamie: Rage Against The Machine – ‘Wind Below’.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Jamie: Grizzly Bear – ‘I Live With You’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Sam: Gary Snyder (poet and essayist).

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Jamie: Gutting fish.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Sam: Cut Hands – ‘Black Mamba’ (‘cos I can’t imagine they have much of that up there).

Cheers to Jamie and Sam for answering our questions and Jonathan and Aoife for sorting this out for us. Wild Swim’s next release is the single for ‘New Dawn’, out on the 21st of October; listen to the single here.


Live Review: Duologue with Wild Swim at London XOYO – 25th September 2013

By on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013 at 5:00 pm

With its rugged industrial charm and labyrinthine layout, XOYO has rightly garnered a reputation as something of a factory for fresh musical talent; churning out bands that, although by no means identikit, have all the fundamentals in place to become an integral component in the wider music scene. And, so it was that the night’s bill featured a final prototype in Wild Swim; innovative, raw and full of potential, alongside the second generation invention of Duologue, who tweaked their original design by performing a first set with string quartet in tow.

Wild Swim, a distinctly dapper denomination in today’s free-wheeling synth-pop realm of psychedelia, kicked off proceedings with the nostalgia of ‘I Know Where My Home Is’. Funk-laden bass lines underpinned the enigmatic stagemanship of Richard Sansom in a style reminiscent of New Order, belying their tender age and status as one of tomorrow’s hottest tickets. One form of‘80s stylisation gave way to another as the Oxfordian five piece took on a new romantic edge for their as yet unreleased track ‘Solace’. Here, the BPM received a real boost while the synth and keyboard was bought to the fore to mingle, in a distinctly Spandau Ballet fashion, with world music drums and a soaring vocal line.

A band’s true character emerges when, after months of rehearsals, something completely unexpected doesn’t quite go their way. So, as the feedback reached wince inducing pitch at the start of ‘Echo’, it was reassuring to see all five members stoically proceed through such a delicate, spacey number. The intro – a stripped back, nuanced affair to match the accompanying video – dropped into a perfectly executed timing change that kept the track on in the ascendency. Next, the band’s third single ‘New Dawn’ (set for release on the 21st of October) took a heavier approach, with powerful guitar chords, tribal drums and atonal vocal harmonies.

Although regularly compared to former fellow Oxford residents Foals (seemingly for that reason alone), ‘Deer Song’, with its neat harmonies and wholly danceable rhythm, was the first time that such a claim had been evident. A climactic number with so many aspects that it rarely repeated itself, Sansom declared that although they are still writing their first album, this track will make the final cut. Wild Swim’s final track of the night, ‘Too Late’, has also made the grade. The bass/vocal intro gave way to a deep groove and accomplished vocal melody that left the crowd in no doubt as to why the chatter around these boys is getting louder.

Later on, and to a now bursting room lit only in a UV glow, experimental five piece Duologue were given a rapturous welcome as they prepared to deliver a schooling in originality and vision. Through a fog of ominous bass sounds, accompanied by frontman Tim Digby-Bell taking a violin bow to his SG in honour of the band’s new string compatriots, came the shuddering bionic mass of ‘Machine Stop’, the opening track from their debut album ‘Song & Dance’. A pulsating broken beat over lofty vocal harmonies, everything about Duologue’s first track spoke of alienation in a hollow new world of connectivity.

Stood in almost total darkness, illuminated only by a flickering band of amorphous barcode, the band’s next number ‘Get Out While You Can’ was similarly atmospheric. Electronic gadgets, in life as in music, made the basics easier, enabling Duologue to focus their spare attention on finding another level. The synthesised beat kept things suspiciously tight, while the vocal looping and cheeky dubstep wobble bought them from an aurally analogue, to a digital world. The string quartet was subtly introduced on the suitably gothic ‘Underworld’, a mournfully dystopian track with a typically IDM beat and clever call-and-response vocal melody.

By now it was clear that although all the aspects of their sound fed into the same overall picture, there were subtleties to each track that made Duologue satisfyingly difficult to pigeonhole. ‘Constant’ was an indicator that the troupe could probably best be pinned to the hazy locality of post-‘Kid A’ Radiohead or, perhaps even more so, Thom Yorke’s solo Atoms for Peace material. ‘Talk Shop’ greatly lifted the pace of the set, and was somehow more accessible, if not lacking slightly in the technicality that had been exhibited so far. The room darkened again; the barcode reappeared and began to fold into a ball made of scratched lines as the band played on into ‘Gift Horse’, accompanied by a scuttling synth rattle and a burgeoning string section.

Both ‘Zeros’ and ‘Cut & Run’ were raw with an abrasive layer of feedback. After the latter, the lights went up (by little more than a watt), causing the illusion to go on temporary hiatus as the puppet masters were revealed. The pounding beat of Duologue’s final track, ‘Push It’, was mirrored by clapping and chanting from the clamouring crowd, who moved in a style more reminiscent of a rave than a gig. By now the barcode has morphed again into a billowing tapestry that folded and weaved into itself, as the industrial beat grew to a mighty closing crescendo.

Although the distance between the two bands was vast in terms of their influences, fan base and current career progression, what they both showed was that invention is having somewhat of a resurgence in music today. In booking bands with the understated pedigree of Duologue and Wild Swim, XOYO proved that their industrial model is not stuck in the age of mass production, but has rather diversified into the 3D printed tomorrow of customisable commodities.


MP3 of the Day (and more!) #779: Wild Swim

By on Friday, 6th September 2013 at 10:00 am

Stay with me on this, ok? London’s Duologue will be playing a show at XOYO on the 25th of September and will be supported by Oxford’s Wild Swim. Duologue remixed Wild Swim’s ‘Another Night’, Wild Swim returned the favour by remixing Duologue’s ‘Cut and Run’. This is an mp3 of the day post, because Duologue is offering up their remix of ‘Another Night’ as a free download on their Facebook page here. But you can listen to both remixes in the Soundcloud widget below.

Going back to Wild Swim now, the Oxford band is releasing a single on the 21st of October, called ‘New Dawn’, and it’s just been released to radio this week. You can listen to that below too.


Live Gig Videos: Wild Swim perform ‘Another Night’, ‘Bright Eyes’ and ‘New Dawn’ for Bokah Live Sessions

By on Thursday, 27th June 2013 at 4:00 pm

Oxford’s Wild Swim recently recorded these three songs – ‘Another Night’, ‘Bright Eyes’ and ‘New Dawn’ – live in their hometown for Bokah Live Sessions, and we can now enjoy the fruits of their labour. Enjoy the sessions below.





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