Swim Deep - 'Where The Heaven Are We'

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on 29 July 2013 in Albums & EPs
Record Label RCA Victor/Chess CLub
Rating 8/10

Swim Deep didn’t so much ‘swim’ into our senses last year with their beguiling big-hitter of a debut, ‘King City’, as take a flying dive with its always-certain-to-be-a-winner lyric line delivered by frontman Austin Williams that saw him pining for Jenny Lee Lindberg to be his girlfriend. In the ensuing 12 months the Brumsters have gone on to prove themselves in live shows and turn out three further singles – ‘Honey’, ‘The Sea’ and ‘She Changes The Weather’ – that indicate that not only do they have some real substance beneath the self-assured, cocky bravado, but they have shaken off the shadow of trailing in the wake of Peace, to establish their own B-Town credentials. One would not, therefore, be expecting their debut long player (produced by Florence and White Lies’ Charlie Hugall) to disappoint – and it doesn’t. This is a stand-out inauguration that offers some truly glittering moments to assail the ears: ripples of blissful synths and hooky rhythms (‘King City’); catchy choruses (‘Honey’); beautifully interwoven shimmering guitar grooves (‘Red Lips I Know’, ‘The Sea’), and Williams’ own vocal, which turn some into fuzzy shoegaze wonders (‘She Changes The Weather’), others into pop fizz-ers (‘Soul Trippin’’). Where The Heaven Are We – for Swim Deep the answer must be: in a pretty good place. If they can equal what they have put out so far, the next few years look set to see them coasting in smooth waters.


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