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Swimmer One

Come On, Letís Go Dec 2003

Beautifully produced CD with three tracks and a video from Scottish band Swimmer One. I like the stylised video and it really fits the music well Ė but the track Come On, Let's Go does nothing for me Ė using a similar leaden rhythm (music and vocals) as Sophie Ellis Bextorís 'Murder On The Dancefloor' (I bet that comparison will make me unpopular with the band!). Lake Tahoe on the other hand is playful and a bit ambient Ė a spoken story played at various speeds over a meandering keyboard backing. I assume this isn't sampled story voice and I have to say that it sounds great Ė and a spoken vocal is really hard to carry off How could something like this be love? has a funky synth bassline. The male vocal shakes with with a little vibrato and converses with the female vocal . A delicious lassitude and world weariness pervades the song; storytelling of the highest quality. So, two out of three ain't bad Ė and the two really are very good.

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