Posts Tagged ‘Free Swim’

We’ve oft admired Free Swim’s particularly, and peculiarly, British humour that comes to the fore in their quirky, observational indie pop. Subjects from Ian McShane, Cardiff City, flapjacks and Pigling Bland have all found favour with the duo and they will release their debut album Lifetime of Treats on the 25th July.

With touch points as diverse as Zappa and Beefheart through glam rock and on to Super Furry Animals and Devo, the influences are all swirled together into a heady, entirely intoxicating brew on lead single Self-appointed Genius.

Give it a whirl here.

 

Mad Mackerel's Best of the Months: March to May (Part 1)

Previously we’ve just offered Best of the Month postings with downloads, but that excludes so many quality songs we’ve decided to just post our favourite tracks – irrespective of whether they are free to download or not. If you like them add them to your Spotify playlists or do the old fashioned thing and download them from iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever.

Anyway, with a bit of ground to make up here is the first part of March to May’s selections. Nearly forty tracks – enjoy!

Twin Berlin – Buzzkill
Heavy, slow burnin’ garage punk.

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The Ukiah Drag – Dirt Trip
Wields a heavy creep-beat that cleans your dusty clock and takes you for a bourbon afterwards – self-conceited punk hypnosis.

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La Sera – Losing To The Dark
Sounds like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag – in a good way.

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Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket
Skeletal, tortured alt-country and folk delivered with Baker’s mix of wavering, unforgiving howls and whispered confessionals.

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S. Carey – Crown The Pines
Glorious, delicately cascading folk.

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Secret Colours – Heavy & Steady
Bass-heavy single showcases the quintet’s maturing psych-pop sensibilities.

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Wooden Wand – Dambuilding
Beautifully judged slice of acoustic melancholy unhurriedly delivered with a slightly crestfallen air that imbues the narrative with a gorgeous poignancy.

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Benjamin Shaw – Goodbye, Kagoul World
Ramshackle psychedelic folk with a healthy splash of darkly black humour.

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WATERS – Got To My Head

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Split Screens – Close My Eyes
Over a backdrop of lush vocal harmonies, meditative fingerpicking and expressive brush work, delves into the theme of escapism and the freedom of letting go.

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Tele Novella – Trouble In Paradise
Charming, mellow indie psych-pop and subtle vocal harmonies.

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Donkeys – Scissor Me Cigs
Laid back, easy-going, breezy country tinged rock.

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Paradise – Born And Bound
Vintage-inspired, nuggets style garage-psych.

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The Leaf Library – The Greater Good
Hypnotic, krautrock disco, which is reminiscent of Stereolab at their best.

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Cate Le Bon – Sisters

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Timber Timbre – Curtains?!
Insistent groove of disquieting Americana.

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Creepoid – Wet Bread
Slow burn sonics from noise rockers.

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Heart Beach – Hours
Sad, minimal, skuzz pop drone harmonies.

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Amen Dunes – Lilac In Hand
Sweetly resigned vocals are carried along on a simple acoustic strum, piano and deft percussion.

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Brian Jonestown Massacre – What You Isn’t
Grandfathers of modern-psych deliver again.

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The Peach Kings – Be Around
Smooth and smoky vocals above bluesy guitar riffs

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The Orwells – Southern Comfort
Swaggering, infectious lead off track from the much anticipated debut Disgraceland, out on the 3rd June.

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The Delines – I Won’t Slip Up
Smooth, slow moving and sorrowful Americana.

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Horse Thief – Little Dust
Relaxed, undulating slice of Americana that sets expansive, chiming guitars behind an rolling, easy-going vocal.

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Strand Of Oaks – Goshen ’97
A superb full-on, incendiary, ballsy roots-rocker with screaming guitars and relentless percussion.

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Clouder – Lost In Reverie
Romping rock track about a faceless female presence that’s propelled by antsy guitars that morph in and out of surf and psychedelic jangles.

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Dune Rats – Funny Guy
Two and a half minutes of pumped up, guitar-fuelled stoned, garage rock that is impossible to resist.

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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Sealed Scene
Get locked into the space rock groove…

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Free Swim – Meal For One
Brilliant track of catchy indie insouciance, scalpel sharp lyrical minutiae, and overall inventive quirkiness.

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The Felice Brothers – Cherry Licorice
Classic ragged, uptempo rocker – no one does this stuff better than the Felices.

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The Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones
A full on head rush of punked-up psychedelia.

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CRUISING – You Made Me Do That
As lo-fi and DIY as it comes – grimy, distorted, brooding and depraved.

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Old Smokey – Dead Man’s Pose
An upbeat scorcher with rolling, brushed drums, chanted group vocals, and a clarinet that brings to mind a New Orleans second line.

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Tijuana Bibles – Toledo
Somewhere in between the nostalgic Americana of Tom Waits and the sludgy riffs of the grunge resurgence.

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Triptides – Moonbeams
Dreamy, meandering slice of psych-rock with hints of surf.

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And a couple of new ones to finish off…the new single Mainline from indie rockers Teleman, and the driving, hook-filled urgency of PUJOL’s Circles.

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More From Free Swim

Posted: May 6, 2014 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Introducing >>> Free Swim

We’ve already posted Meal For OneFree Swim’s homage to TV dinners and the delights of Ian McShane’s acting career.

From the same EP comes this undeniably infectious homage to some of the mainstay female celebrities (plus some random other things…Cardiff City, the tale of Pigling Bland, flapjacks) that the band have “fallen in love with” over the years.

It’s a bit like Art Brut gone madder and with better music…Buy from Bandcamp here.

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Free Swim – Meal For One

Posted: April 8, 2014 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rock
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Introducing >>> Free Swim

Free Swim’s Meal For One is a brilliant track of catchy indie insouciance, scalpel sharp lyrical minutiae, and overall inventive quirkiness that is rapidly becoming their trademark.

This time the focus of their attention is on TV dinners and a long overdue homage to that British institution, actor Ian McShane…it is the sort of thing a vintage Morrissey might have produced if he hadn’t been from Manchester and had got a sense of humour…

Start another boxset, I get to know the characters
Better than my family, the acting is incredible
I just finished Breaking Bad and now I’m onto Deadwood
Ian McShane is someone we should all be proud of

Meal For One
It’s untold fun

It comes from their forthcoming EP titled Well Done Everyone. Check out our other Free Swim posts here.

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MM Shorts 275: Free Swim's Christmas offering.

It’s December, so the Christmas specials can begin…and first up is A Rip-Roaring Christmas, a hearty portion of musical Christmas Pudding served up by Surrey’s finest pop-fantasists, Free Swim.

Featuring a host of guest appearances from folk they have met on their travels over the past year, this Stollen-esque slice of Rock n’ Roll includes an all-female choir, dueling Fender Stratocasters, and a classic Free Swim spoken-word monologue detailing an archetypal British Christmas Day – one that includes references to free Daily Mail DVDs from a grubby tin, retirement trousers, and Turkey and stuffing dub step!

It is out today – get it here.

Introducing...Free Swim. On outstanding new track The Smell Of Pregnancy, Free Swim are inventive, experimental, manic, groovy, comedic and surreal and that’s just for starters.

They expertly walk a fine line between art-rock swagger and avant-garde mayhem and joyfully channel the excesses of Zappa and Beefheart with a glam-rock undercurrent, suitably quirky British lyrical wordplay and perhaps even a hint of the Batman theme…

Watch the similarly unorthodox and unconventional video first premiered at our friends Blue Walrus and grab the track or indeed the whole EP for free below.

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Download Free Swim – The Smell Of Pregnancy mp3 (from Dennis EP)

Or grab the whole thing for free.