‘Structures’ is the stunning debut album from Swedish three piece Like Swimming which was released through US label DigSin on 8th September 2014.
It’s a collection of ten sparkling pop gems that enrapture from the off. With seamless harmonies, lightly propulsive rhythms, and a knack for blending the acoustic with the electronic, they stake a bold new claim in the world of winsomely catchy love (and death) songs.
Like Swimming formed in 2012 with Claes Carlstrom on vocals and guitar, Ida Hedene on vocals and keys and Petter Wesslander on drums. Emerging in late 2012 from a five-member group called You Say France & I Whistle —named for a legendary Van Morrison demo put down drunk in a single take — Like Swimming clearly possess a refined sense of the absurd.
That playfulness, combined with a stark intimacy, resulted in their deeply affecting first self release, ‘God Knows’, recorded at a forest cabin north of Stockholm in the dark early months of 2013.
Where this song laid bare some painful twists of the human heart with a relatively sparse arrangement, the following single, ‘Go Buffalo’, combined Gothic lyrics with lush, twinkling keyboards and soaring, carefree hooks. Both tracks unlock fairytale landscapes, the yearning vocals and instrumental precision conjuring nature in all its bright and startling purity.
On the strength of this early work borne out of the wilderness, Like Swimming landed a record deal with DigSin, an American label based in Nashville. Since then Like Swimming have created a media buzz Stateside receiving plaudits from the likes of arts and culture magazine Blackbook, music blog Daytrotter who rated ‘Let Go’ as one of the best songs of last year, MTV Buzzworthy and USA Today.
Towards the end of last year, Like Swimming recorded their debut ‘Structures’ in Sweden and are now gearing up for its release in September. It will be preceded by a single ‘A Room Of Her Own’ on 25th August. They will also play their first UK shows in September, dates to be announced in due course.