No, not that sort of leviathan. That one looks angry and scaly and dismayed. The leviathan I’m talking about is Leviathan - the new EP by The Son(s), released on Olive Grove Records on the 7th of May.
I’ve been thinking about my favourite albums and singles of the year since I was asked to submit my list to Peenko for the annual Scottish Bloggers and Music Sites Awards they do. In case you don’t know, Peenko asks all the active bloggers and music writers they know to submit a list of three albums and that’s compiled through averages and whatnot until they get a consensus from all the bloggers. I was going to hold this post back a few days, but since everyone else has fired the starting gun on their end-of-year lists, it can’t hurt to saturate some more.
Glasgow’s Open Swimmer release a new single on the 28th of February. The a-side, Sugar Bowl, is above in the video, and the b-side, Bending Trees is on Soundcloud here. There’s also a Miaoux Miaoux remix.
Sugar Bowl is innovative, eccentric and awesome. Ben TD, the band’s Aussie frontman has crafted some great songs, infused with a syncopated, confused sense of direction – strings of lyrics smash into one another like atoms in a super hadron collider, choppy drums and piano provide idiosyncratic rhythms to boot.
Backing vocals reminiscent of Edinburgh contemporaries The Son(s) add a harmonic edge to the scattergun approach of the tracks, creating a gorgeously contrasting double-edged musical sword.
Bending Trees, in comparison, is a relaxing ambrosian delight; driven by TD’s voice and permeated by a more chilled atmosphere it still treads the same ground as Sugar Bowl and pushes the envelope, albeit in a manner more suited to Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo than the unique style exhibited on the a-side.