NBHAP Rating: 2,5/5
[one_half last=”yes”]SWIM DEEP
Label: Chess Club Records
01. One Great Song And I Could Change The World
02. To My Brother
03. Green Conduit
04. Heavenly Moment
06. Is There Anybody Out There
07. Forever Spaceman
08. Grand Affection
11. Fueiho Boogie
Where The Heaven Where You?
Mothers is the second album by SWIM DEEP released through Chess Club/ RCA. Now a fully fledged five-piece with the addition of multi -instrumentalist James Balmont, the release of the sophomore follows the recent Autumn tour announcement culminating in their biggest London show to date at Camden’s Roundhouse. Recorded at the tail-end of 2014 in Brussels and London with producer Dreamtrak at the controls, the eleven-track strong Mothers nods to late eighties Manchester and enters the fray on the back of two acclaimed singles, One Great Song And I Could Change The World and To My Brother revitalised from a self imposed short hiatus and a marked departure from their debut, Where The Heaven Are We in 2013.
One Great Song And I Could Change The World
Mothers is a record that belongs to Madchester mood, you can feel it through all the eleven tracks of the album. The euphoria of HAPPY MONDAYS, the disco vibes of NEW ORDER are some references that you can find in songs like Namaste (with a more sound 90’s than 80’s), To My Brother or the first single One Great Song And I Could Change The World. NEW ORDER is another echo that appears in Grand Affection and the closing track Fueiho Boogie where the voice reminds of the one and only Bernard Sumner as well. The contagious happiness of Imagination and the tenderness of Green Conduit are mixed with psychedelic pop that is the core element of the entire record. Is There Anybody Out There is another fine example that comes with a certain TAME IMPALA undertone.
Lost in the sea of references
SWIM DEEP‘s second full-length is a chaotic album born in the Madchester of 80’s and grown in the psychedelic pop of 70’s. Sometimes its extravagance labors the point making the record not as brilliant as it could be. The result is a selection of some beautiful songs but a difficult album to listen to from the beginning to the end. This is kind of hard in terms of the happiness and the craziness behind it. Surely, the new way that marked a distance from their debut is very interesting but they’ve still not reached the goal.
SWIM DEEP’s Mothers is a chaotic album born in the Madchester of 80’s and grown in the psychedelic pop of 70’s. The only error is that you cannot listen to it from the beginning to the end because sometimes the chaos just takes control.