Swim Deep - Emerald Classics Album Review

After their 2013 hit indie album, and with the last album being released in 2015, Swim Deep have made a return that is both bringing everyone back to the 2013 indie landscape, and exploring a new landscape, that merges genres into something completely new. It is evident they have put lots of effort into this […]

Hope Lynes
21st October 2019
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After their 2013 hit indie album, and with the last album being released in 2015, Swim Deep have made a return that is both bringing everyone back to the 2013 indie landscape, and exploring a new landscape, that merges genres into something completely new.

It is evident they have put lots of effort into this new album, the lyrics on each song are perfectly thematically crafted and personal in meaning. The theme overall of the album is positivity, every song is upbeat and the messages in the lyrics are similarly positive. There is also themes of originality, technology and religion, and therefore it explores a lot in 40 minutes. The album is an extremely well crafted, both musically and lyrically, resulting in a comeback that makes you feel like its 2013 again when 'where the heaven are we' was released.

'To Feel Good' has hints of gospel, but still perfectly links it with jangly indie pop:  The song has the beautiful message of doing everything to feel good. It is beautifully crafted to mix different styles together, all the instruments coming together in sequence with the voices and there is a spoken word section that is just like poetry.

'0121 Desire' is classic swim deep, equipped with a solid bassline mixed together with space-like synth beats, and an extremely catchy chorus. This song is probably one of my favourites the band have released.

'Sail Away, Say Goodbye' has the continuation of the space-like synth beats, making the song sound very futuristic and very 80's, reminding me of New Order.

Finally, 'Drag Queens in Soho' sounds like something straight out of musical theatre. It is very upbeat and cheerful, creating the kind of music that would sound great for a soundtrack.

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