Shifting textures and immersive soundscapes, a swarm of expansive guitars, haunting vocals and delicate keys… this is the sound of the latest release ‘Echo’ by Wild Swim, one of Oxford’s and the UK’s hottest upcoming acts. Out on Believe Recordings on Monday 26th November, and produced by the renowned Steve Osborne (New Order, Suede), it’s a fitting introduction to this five-piece band who have already drawn musical comparison to the likes of Tears For Fears and fellow Oxfordians Foals.
Still in their late teens, Wild Swim met at school in their hometown of Oxford forming at the age of just 13. Flick forward in time and the boys remain good friends which exudes in their great live performances and gigs which have garnered high praise from critics and fans alike. Still only teenagers –and comprising four undergraduates plus one trainee Saville Row tailor, these boys nevertheless have a musical maturity beyond their years and a great command of their instruments and musical direction. Their latest single ‘Echo’ is considered by many, and also in my view, their strongest and most potent song to date. The song brings out the best of Richard Sansom’s remarkable, idiosyncratic baritone and includes a great mid song transformation shimmery pop to an almost post-psychedelic musical texture. The B-side is a melancholic, self-produced song ‘Bright Eyes’ , which on its own is a great track. With its experimental electronica influences calling to mind the likes of James Blake and Arthur Russell.
Riding high on their new single and a string of gigs, Wild Swim are definitely are one of the bands to look out for on the 2013 musical scene.
You can catch Wild Swim at the following dates:
18th October – SWN festival @ (sup Django Django and Egyptian Hip Hop)
20th October – Oxford Gathering @ O2 Academy Oxford (supporting Spector)
26th October – headline show @ Leeds Cockpit
30th October – headline show @ The Buffalo Bar, London