Swimming Tapes are back with a dazzling new cut – and it’s probably the best thing they’ve put out to date.
Shimmering, sun-tinged, but laced with sadness, ‘Queen’s Parade’ is an evocative and essential listen from the outset, combining Whitney-ish Americana, lackadaisical licks à la Real Estate and heart-warming harmonies that nod to Local Natives.
The track, produced by Adam Jaffrey (Palace, Gengahr, Leif Erikson), comes from the London-based quintet’s imminent EP on label Hand In Hive. Beneath its dreamy veneer, ‘Queen’s Parade’ is “a pleading note about the state of a beloved seafront street in our home town of Bangor, Northern Ireland. Three of us grew up here and there was a sense you were watching something that seemed very beautiful slowly fade into nothing.”