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SWIMM – Speak Politely

There’s so much to like about SWIMM’s new single, Speak Politely. This track makes such short work of sonic layering and stereo spreading, it manifests headphone euphoria.

Speak Politely possesses this innate feeling that you’re about to get lost in a wash of keyboard pads and lush guitar tones right from the intro; one minute in, and it’s easy to forget you’re listening to great songwriting and lyrics too. The vocal delivery is almost androgynous in nature and egotistical at times, but always honest and acquiescent in content. Lyrical gems such as “Come down to there’s really nothing wrong with me. And the mystery of how a woman works, is just beyond me” run throughout the track’s verses.

A grandiose chorus sums up, “I can’t afford you to stay, I can’t afford you to go away”. While the writer waxes post-relationship dilemmas, the listener is treated to soulful brass band horn lines (minus screeching trumpets, reviewer points awarded), syncopated drumming, and a perfectly-placed dry acoustic guitar which expertly moves Speak Politely through all its BritPop splendor. SWIMM’s single is playlist worthy and for fans of The Charlatans, The Longpigs, et al. ​

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Chris Ambrosino
the authorChris Ambrosino
Reviewer & Playlist curator
Chris Ambrosino hails from the Catskill region of New York and has been a performer and songwriter since 1987. He also has worked as an art director and graphic artist for several organizations. Chris currently plays and writes for indie band, Blue Ribbon and is a contributing writer for the Alt. Daily blog and For The Love Of Bands website. He has resided in Hampton Roads, VA since 1994.

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