The great thing about immersing yourself in a whole country’s music scene is you’re constantly finding new things that you absolutely love. Like, every week you have a new favourite band. The problem with it is that you inevitably end up zealously gushing over every awesome new thing you discover like a 16 year old who has just discovered MTV2. So with that in mind, please forgive us while we feverishly sell our new favourite band – Swiimers.
Seoul (or thereabouts) based three-piece Swiimers are a pretty new on the scene. It was only in August last year that their debut single Polaris came out. The gorgeous track is a densely textured dreampop symphony that constantly has a dozen things going on at once but is only a small indication of what Swiimers are capable of.
In January, the band released their debut EP. The self-titled 8 tracker (6 originals and 2 alternative versions) shows the band both building on and refining what they’d started with Polaris with a broader range of sounds and influences. The bands second single, Woodstock and EP opener Golden Roots of your Tree shows the band brushing gently against a post-rock/power pop style.
While other inspirations such as synth pop and indie appear, it’s the band’s love of all things dreampop/shoegaze that shines brightest. Lead singer and chief songwriter MQ is clearly trying to channel the fuzzy layers and hushed vocals of Cocteau Twins, MBV and Slowdive.
Last month, the band featured an awesome compilation from Korean indie label Orm Entertainment which featured the likes of Vidulgi OoyoO, KUMKA and loads more. New Swiimers track, 장마 (Season of Rain Again) is featured and is probably their best to date. It sees the band at their most emotionally affective with the unexpected combination of layers being used to create a really powerful track.
For more information visit Swiimer’s Facebook.
By Jamie Finn (@jamiefinn2209)
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