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Swedish Trio Like Swimming Makes A Splash With Debut Album ‘Structures,’ Premieres Video For “A Room of Her Own” [WATCH]
Music Times ran a feature on Like Swimming and exclusively premiered the “A ROom Of Her Own” music video!
The article begins: “Imagine music like a body of water. At times, the notes dive in and make a splash, other times they swirl around and build momentum; and then there are moments of peace, when the notes cut straight through the waves, or when the water settles, and silence takes over. Motions in music often mimic motions in water, and Swedish band Like Swimming uses that imagery as their guiding light when writing their sun-kissed songs.
“I think it takes a while to get a name attached to a sound,” guitarist/vocalist Claes Carlström says about their band name. “It’s just words, and making these words connect you to a certain feeling and sound takes time. Of course if we would’ve named ourselves Metallica that would’ve been really weird.”
Like Swimming became a band two and a half years ago, but the three members, Carlström, Petter Wesslander (drums), and Ida Hedene (vocals/keys), have been playing together in “different constellations” for almost nine years. They were at a crossroads in their musical lives when they decided to venture outside of Stockholm to a cabin in the woods to brainstorm. From there, they sketched out potential new projects, and out of those discussions came Like Swimming.”
We recently stopped by for a quick chat with our friends at Radar!
“When and how did you meet?
– We played together in a previous band for seven years and got to learn each other inside out. So we were already family staring this band.
How would you describe your sound?
– We usually think of it as a sound of contrasts. The organic meets the electronic, the harmonic melodies meets the cynical lyrics, the quiet and calm meets the energetic and frustrating… Kinda like swimming.
Can you tell us about your album?
– Structures is our debut album. It’s the result of our first steps. We’ve had tons of great help from great people such as the mixing gurus Brian Malouf and Lennart Östlund and the wonderfully talented Linn Fijal at RMV Studio, so we’re very happy with the result!
What’s the inspiration behind it?
– The inspiration is the frustration over the structures around us that we as people are limited by. And it’s a constant search for a way out, an analytic viewpoint that could distance ourselves from the reality of it, while still constantly realizing that we can never get out.
Which performance was the most exciting one?
– Playing the last show out of three last year on Culture Collide in LA, realizing the word had spread during the days about our performance and being welcomed by a packed room. That was nice.
How has the U.S. welcomed you?
– The US crowd is great! They understand our lyrics (!) and seem to enjoy our Swedish accents tremendously. And they give great food suggestions!
You’re soon leaving for your tour in the U.S., what are you looking forward the most?
– We love playing at CMJ in NY, so we’re looking forward to that a lot. And then we look forward to seeing all the cities we’ve never been to before, like Philadelphia!
What are your goals for the future?
– After the US tour we’re planning a Swedish and European tour in Spring. And then there’s the summer festivals. Hopefully we’ll be able to do an extensive US tour, covering the whole country next time.”
We’re so excited that our song, “Go Buffalo” has been added to this awesome Antenna Sampler playlist with artists like Yung Lean, Greensky Bluegrass and East India Youth!
Loveispop’s Michael McCarthy posted an awesome review of the brand new album, “Structures!” To start, he said of the release:
“Swedish indie-pop trio Like Swimming’s Structures is easily one of the year’s finest releases of any genre and a highly impressive debut at that. I come across a lot of great music, constantly checking out new stuff to review here on Love is Pop, but sometimes artists tend to blend together. I’ll get so many albums that all tend to sound the same, like they’re all trying to copy each other. So, when a band like this comes along, it makes me pause and stop listening to so much other new stuff so that I can stay with it and savor it. This is not an album I want to review and forget about three months later. I want this album to be part of the soundtrack to my life and if you like indie pop then I’ve no doubt that you will, too.”
He ends, saying ” Whenever I listen to it, I start tapping my foot or swaying my head from side to side, finding it impossible to sit still. It’s a truly magnificent earworm that you’ll want to keep inside your head for days. But then that could be said about all of the tracks on hand. Granted, there are some tracks that are more moody and melancholic than catchy, but they’re all blissful and memorable. That’s much more than I can say about the majority of albums that I have come across recently. If you check out one indie pop album I’ve reviewed this year, it should be this one.”
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According to Culture Collide,
‘Like Swimming is a fresh trio (Claes Carlström, Ida Hedene, and Petter Wesslander) from Sweden that somehow feels familiar. Think of a clear, crisp Sunday morning that feels nostalgic and uplifting. That’s the sound of Like Swimming.
Listen to the premiere of their brand new track “A Room Of Her Own” from their forthcoming album Structures, due September 9. Then let Claes guide you to fully enjoying the band’s hometown and capital of Sweden. Frankly, we think that sipping wine on one of the beautiful archipelagos of Stockholm is already a legit reason for a trip.’
‘Where are you from? , Sweden
Describe the perfect Stockholm day. It’s late spring, snow is gone but might come back any day. But for now the city’s bathing in the pale sun light and everybody’s out taking a beer, even during work hours. All the birds are back. It’s as if the city takes its first breath after holding it for several months.
What’s your favorite spot for happy hour? The summer club: at Flemminggatan 2.
Favorite landmark? , find a friend with a boat and go bananas.
Undiscovered gem? Grab a box of wine at before they close, and go pick a spot at , or and watch the city sunset.
Favorite neighborhood and why? – great market on Sundays, a cinema with breakfast movies and live events and some great bars and venues around. And it still has a queer-friendly vibe, even though the wonderful queer feminist bookstore Hallongrottan has closed.
Best place for coffee? at Sveavägen 29 – The fellow working there is both skilled and nice, and it’s close to our rehearsal hide out.
Late night haunts? at Götgatan 59.
Live music venue? .’
We’re so excited that MTV Iggy is featuring our ‘Let Go’ music video!
Wondering Sounds premieres the first track on our upcoming album, calling Claes an early Scott Walker from Spandau Ballet (which he likes very much) and the song a “centerpiece to some futuristic Broadway musical” (which Ida likes very much).
Trivia: This was almost about to become the title track for the album, but then we changed it to STRUCTURES in the last minute.