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Younghusband

Swimmers

    Younghusband have surfaced with new album, Swimmers, due 7th June on Opposite Number. Their first new music since 2015’s Dissolver, Swimmers is awash with glowing guitar melodies, breezy pop moments and restrained yet potent songcraft. It looks to themes of open space and reflection, partly inspired by band's move to their own studio in Greenwich, built by singer and songwriter Euan Hinshelwood in an old barn.

    With members of Younghusband having also played in Wes Gonzalez and Meilyr Jones' recent live bands and inspired by both artists' off the cuff approach, recording sessions for Swimmers were driven by instinct and impulse, as Euan would introduce the new songs to bandmates on the day of recording.

    Today, they unveil contemplative new single, "Translation". Euan says of it, "It's open to interpretation, but looking back on that period of time I guess it's a song about change and retreat. And about a short moment of that time. A stubborn moment when you want to push everything away for a second and work out what element is tripping you up."

    Originally known as Three Month Sunset, Lowtide came together in Melbourne in 2009. Following the release of their debut EP (2010) and the Underneath Tonight 7” (2011), Lowtide continued to refine their live show playing locally and all around Australia, as well as travelling to New Zealand. They played some of the biggest festivals in the region including Boogie! Festival and Applecore Festival in Victoria, before headlining Fasterlouder’s Melbourne Music Week show in 2014.

    Blending upbeat dream pop with melancholy shoegaze, the band create a complex, layered sound. Wrapped in a warm glow of chiming guitars and compelling melodies, ”Southern Mind” soars with Lucy Buckeridge and Giles Simon’s mesmerising dual vocals weaving astute harmonies. 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Laura says: Carrying on from where their self-titled debut left off, this is a collection of gorgeous shimmering pop songs with Lucy and Giles' shared vocals floating over washes of reverby guitars. Although musically, The Chameleons, Sisters of Mercy and The Cure could all be used as reference points, the sweet vocals steer the overall sound in a more dreampop direction than these pointers would suggest.

    H. Grimace

    Royal Hush / Excavations

      Acting as the first release since 2015's sold out “I Am Material” tape, “Royal Hush” reveals a sharper and more emphatic feel to the band's already unrelenting output. These new songs have been recorded with long standing engineer and friend Rory Attwell and mixed by both Rory and Ben Greenberg formerly of ‘The Men’ who the band met and found an instant affinity for on their 30 date US tour last year. H. Grimace’s integral guitar pairing of Marcus Browne and Hannah Gledhill now masterfully hone in on their part shoegaze, part post-punk compositions which lays the foundations for the enigmatic duo, from Yorkshire and Melbourne respectively, to make their mark this year with a vigorously captivating live show to match. (For fans of Pixies, Blonde Redhead, Deerhunter, Women Body/Head)


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