Every one should be listening to Swim Team, especially as the group have a new LP on the way in less than a month. We’ve previously covered “Are You Into Me,” but now the band have leaked two new tracks from their forthcoming Home Time. The first of these, “Everyday Things” has this bubbling post-punk-ishness, though it’s spun around the band’s slight connections to indiepop…you know, harmonies and pop sensibility. “New Year” is a little bit different, offering up an almost dreamy beach vibe to it; there exists this softness that sucks you under like strong tides in the ocean…though there’s some twinkling guitar lines too that definitely rule. I’m pretty stoked on this band at the moment; you should be too; they drop Home Time July 12th via Hysterical Records.
There’s something really special in the songwriting of Swim Team; there’s this ability to adhere to all the flourishes of indiepop, yet at the same time, sound wholly Australian. There’s a sweetness in the first half of “Are You Into Me,” that eventually subsides as the track pushes further forward, taking a turn just around 1.5 minute mark. The lyrical content here ties right into the title, but it feels even more personal for some reason. This is just a light-hearted way to start your day I reckon, so keep an eye out for Home Time on July 12th via Hysterical Records.
Today I’m excited to be one of the first to share this new single by Austin native Silas Acosta and his new solo project entitled New Youth. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Acostaused to play drums for previous ATH favorite Swim Team. Now that he’s stepping out on his own, I’m digging this shoe gaze vibe here somewhat similar to fellow locals and favorites LUDGF. One could certainly get lost in this dreamy new single “Soft Eyes”.
No word yet on a full length or EP, but stay tuned.
The folks over at Infinity Cat Recordingsare doing a cassette series, releasing albums on limited runs of cassette tapes and the newest edition to this series is Swim Team. This band hails out of Cincinnati, but they’ve got enough edge and grit to really make you think otherwise. This new single, “Dirty Work,” is thrash pop at its finest, but the band doesn’t just stop at that. Sure they’ve got the punk vocals, grit-covered guitar riffs and intense lyrics, but they also switch up the lead in the vocals in the middle for a section, making their sound somehow more dramatic. Make sure you acquaint yourself with these guys and pick up one of those very limited lime green cassetteson March 4th.
Austin’s got a great garage/punk scene, a solid Americana/folk scene, but it has always lacked a really great indiepop scene, despite having tons of great acts that’ve followed the genre. Hopefully Swim Team will find some success, and things will start to change. They’re creating these beautiful little pieces of dreamy pop that allow listeners to wander wistfully through their own minds. They just released their self-titled EP, and I think that it’s one of the hidden gems of the city, so I opted to push it out there for people. You can currently grab it for free, so be prepared to enjoy three great tunes.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/swim_team-Swim-Team-EP-03-Spectre.mp3]
Download: Swim Team – Spectre [MP3]