Track Of The Day #130: Olympic Swimmers - Knots

Track Of The Day #130: Olympic Swimmers – Knots

Todays track of the day is ‘Knots’ from Glaswegian band Olympic Swimmers. It’s from their debut album No Flags Will Fly which has been out a month or two now. This is the first single from the album. It’s got a beautifully wistful mix of bright jingle jangle guitars cushioning  Susie Smillie’s floating, almost skirling vocal line. She explains the lyrics to Knots as referring to “the passage of time, the importance of memory as we age, the fear of losing memories of joyful times, of losing people that we love”.

The band formed back in 2009. I always suspected some tight cross-overs in the Glasgow / Edinburgh scene, and Olympic Swimmers claim musical gene-pool connections with The Delgados, no bad thing. The band are sister and brother Susie Smillie (vocals) and Simon Liddell (guitar) as well as Graeme Smillie (bass, keyboard, vocals), Jamie Savage (guitar, keyboard), Jonny Scott (drums, vocals). They’ve had tour slots with the likes of Idlewild and Admiral Fallow.

We’ve got a soundcloud click for the single, but stick around for the video of another track, ‘Where It Snows’. I’m usually right wary of remixes, but this by MIAOUX MIAOUX is a lovely job

‘Knots’ will be released on Green White Violet on 8th October

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