New Zealand indie outfit Marlin’s Dreaming have today released the first single, “Sink or Swim,” for their forthcoming album, Quotidian. The single premiered exclusively with Atwood Magazine praising, “The honesty of the release only adds to the many layers of what makes Marlin’s Dreaming who they are. If the following tracks are anything like the first, then Quotidian is a record that should be on any music-lover’s radar.”
“It’s a song about detachment, the feeling of struggling to be present and feeling like I was at the whim of something outside of myself,” said frontman Semisi Maiai about the inspiration for the new song. “I wrote it over the last year where I felt like I was going through motions of living without much pre-consideration or afterthought, just simply doing things as they happened.”
Despite the darker lyrics, Sink or Swim is buoyed by a driving tempo and the distinctive pop feel which have coloured the band’s two previous albums.
The self-directed music video with support from New Zealand filmmaker Martin Sagadin pokes fun at the motivation for the song, the idea of being prodded around and losing touch with one’s own intentions.
“At its core, Sink or Swim speaks to a rather strange period of time for me, but for the music video we wanted to focus on the lighter side, with the guitar drenched melody and bubbling chorus,” said Semisi.