Swimming Tapes are a London five-piece made up of Robbie Reid, Jason Hawthorne, Louis Price, Paddy Conn and Andrew Evans. Although they’re of the city, the band’s looks for the ocean; it’s dreamy, lulling indie rock that seems most at home around a beach campfire. Their latest single, Tides, is a meandering slice of stoner pop that borrows inspiration from Gengahr and Mac Demarco.
‘It seems a life ago, that we lost you on the road / searched the orange groves and yeah I saw you there’ sings Reid in his rich falsetto. There’s a distant quality to his vocals that unravels in conjunction with his bandmates’ instrumentals. Tides is a track that explores nostalgic yearning from a state of detachment, beautiful and melancholic in equal amounts. ‘Throw me back in the tide,’ he declares, during the hook. Swimming Tapes are a band rooted in the ecological – there isn’t a hint of the city in their sound.
Tides is everything that Swimming Tapes do well, and another indication that they’re a young band to watch closely throughout the coming months. It’s pensive, textured, and has that wonderful quality of managing to temporarily take you elsewhere. In this case, it’s to the beach.
Words by Niall Flynn