Nostalgic psych pop dudes Swim Mountain have their debut self-titled EP to share with the world. With an affection for music that was made forty years ago with plenty of wide-eyed harmonizing and jangly, grinning guitar riffs, Swim Mountain aim to make and deliver sunshine music for the masses.
Vinyl 12" £6.99 002MN12
12" EP on Hey Moon.
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The promo for Swim Mountain's debut EP on Hey Moon has been seeing a lot of repeat play here in the Norman office, a rare thing indeed. The primary reason for this is their uncanny take on Tame Impala's 60's psych-pop blueprint but, for me, it's all about 'Yesterday', a neat and well rounded little tune that mashes the groups love of Tame Impala with the strict dance-floor discipline and new wave art-pop aesthetic of Talking Heads. The result is a tune they can truly call their own and a guitar hook so addictive it's tempting to mainline the mp3. I can't leave this one be, it's so sugary sweet.
For me, the rest of the EP doesn't quite come close to the pop majesty of 'Yesterday' (though 'Everyday' does come close and tbh everything here is an enjoyable listen) and, for the most part, apes Kevin Parker's formula to closely to genuinely satisfy. Saying that, I can't deny the London 4-pieces talent for pop composition, three part vocal harmonising and impressive use of the studio. The production is pretty frickin' wild in parts with phase and filtering abused to the point of complete abstraction. Again, it apes Dave Fridmann's 'Innerspeaker' production so closely it's hard to ignore yet it maintains it's own budget charm.
It's rare I take to a London pop group, especially one with such overt psych-pop leanings but, if the psych bubble doesn't burst, I predict big things for these lot.
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