Returning with another slice of the pie from their forthcoming second album, Yorkshire’s Glass Caves usher in a decisive mood with ‘Swim’ – it’s all about carpe diem. Alongside the release, a bunch of UK tour dates have been rolled out which see the band playing in larger venues for their biggest tour yet.
The atmospheric cut finds a solitary space to commune singer Matthew Hallas’ appeal to a loved one to “jump in,” and embrace life. The overall feeling is infectious and draws in fulsome harmonies from his band mates, but it must be noted that ‘Swim’ doesn’t follow an overly predictable path in other aspects of its craftmanship.
Unusually the initial hit of the chorus feels deflated in comparison to its elevating pre-build, but in context this is an insignificant bi-product that transpires out of the subtleties of the song’s arrangement. Rather than feel waterlogged by this development, the song strengthens its appeal, the gradual gratification it provides is worth more than any glaringly obvious pay-off. Glass Caves must be congratulated for their smart approach to songwriting here.
Their trajectory isn’t set in stone but if they continue on like this, we believe the stars are in reach.
The new single ‘Swim’, released through Scruff of the Neck, is out now. Purchase on iTunes here.
Glass Caves will be playing the following live dates across the UK:
April 22nd – The Wardrobe, Leeds
May 5th – Fibbers, York
May 11th – Bar 15, Dundee
May 12th – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
May 13th – Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Glasgow
May 19th – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London