Winsomely catchy love (and death) songs, seamless harmonies, lightly propulsive rhythms, and a knack for blending the acoustic with the electronic are of few of the complex ways to describe DigSin signed Swedish indie-pop trio Like Swimming. Claes Carlström, Ida Hedene, and Petter Wesslander create music so clear, and so vivid, it’s as if you can see to the bottom.
Emerging as an act in their early stages in late 2012, they have spent the time sharing their sound with the world, to both an ever-increasing international fanbase online, and in their dynamic live performances that have ranged from tiny living room performances to big stages. Their well-travelled, well-polished sound forges forward fueled by the strength of their musical, vocal and songwriting talent.
Following on from the well-received 2018 single Strike A Pose, releasing February 1st, The Ground only proves to further whet appetites for the forthcoming first part of a double EP: ‘Resistance / Relations’. The division of the album into a two-part EP is an attempt for the band to get all their political frustration out in the first part, ‘Resistance’, to make room for the ups and downs of personal battles in the second part, ‘Relations’, coming later this year.
While Strike A Pose displayed a boundless talent by leaning heavily into the more electronic side of their sound, The Ground sees them return to a more organic and upbeat indie-pop style, and as they outline below, brings into balance the complex subject matter of the lyrical narrative.
Speaking to the motivation behind The Ground, Like Swimming share:
The Ground is a reminder of what violent grounds we stand on, a story about how we got our privileges. History is so dark that we just had to make an upbeat song about it.