Single Review: Wild Swim – Another Night

By on Thursday, 11th April 2013 at 2:16 pm
 

Wild Swim’s latest single ‘Another Night’ begins with a fittingly aquatic sort of sound: muted, echoing synths driven by a solid, muted bass riff. Richard Samson’s poignant, if somewhat cloying, lead vocal grips the heart from the song’s opening line and never lets go. Though the lyrics are quite repetitive, Samson delivers them with emotional conviction far beyond his youthful age. The song is neatly divided into two distinct sections, and Samson’s bandmates support him ably in the subtle shift between them, through a strong dynamic build to the wailing guitar solo at the end.

The accompanying video, by Dan W. Jacobs and Michael Battcock, has a shimmery, translucent feel throughout. Of special note is the moment at 1:55, when the video’s animated protagonist walks through a doorway, and the second section of the song begins. I am usually not very interested in music videos, but I was intrigued by this one, as it is rare to see a video that connects to the song’s musical structure in such a concrete way.

When I watched the video on YouTube, I was pleased to notice that Wild Swim have several other songs and videos available for viewing. Now that they have swum across my radar, I will certainly be doing more watching and listening.

7.5/10

‘Another Night’, the new single from Oxford’s Wild Swim, will be released on the 6th of May on Believe Recordings.

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