English duo The Dot and the Line are releasing their new album ‘Small Anchors in the Swirl’ on February 1st. Captivating with atmospheric production and striking vocals, the duo’s gripping soundscapes venture through lush nocturnal dreaminess and rousing electro-pop euphoria.
The project’s talents are on full display throughout their new release Small Anchors In The Swirl, releasing on February 1st. The release title takes inspiration from Patti Smith’s memoir The M Train, where Smith describes lists as being “small anchors in the swirl.” “We chose this image for the album title as it captures the idea that in a world driven by speed, efficiency, and profit, we need to slow down and find a mooring and a sense of identity to hold on to,” Clark explains. “There is a darkly sensual aesthetic permeating throughout the songs as they chart the euphoria of living in one of the most transformational times in history.”
Small Anchors In The Swirl explores aspects of the future, such as the relationship between humanity and technology, and in doing so creates tension and feelings of ambivalence within the songs. Lyrics throughout the release – “Life is a drive at night, we only see what’s in the headlights,” – say as much, examining the impulsive, narcissistic side of human nature. “We want to sit facing the direction of travel to experience the new,” Clark continues. “But as pressures mount on the planet and as life becomes more competitive, it seems the human qualities of empathy, intuition and imagination are more important than ever.”