I always used to think there was something a bit lazy when reviews tried to compare artists with one another based purely on their geographical location; however, I do have to admit there’s something vaguely reminiscent of the stunning build-up of ‘Spanish Sahara’ in the debut EP from Oxford’s Wild Swim.
Single ‘Echo’ is full of rich, swooning vocals and an ambient atmosphere that seems to melt and effervesce around your ears and then crescendo into a spacey almost-operatic climax. The self-produced ‘Bright Eyes’, meanwhile, is jerky and minimalist and full of light, pretty beats which interlace perfectly with the warmth of the baritone vocals. Their music seems to float back and forth between more conventional sounding alt-rock into strange, glitchy electro without much regard for convention and, perhaps surprisingly, it really does work.
You can pre-order Wild Swim’s ‘Echo’ from here.