Are we halfway through summer yet? Nobody seems to know these days but this new song from Swimming Tapes is a welcome slice of summery indie as we found ourselves in mid-festival season.
Jangly guitars and Californinan sun-kissed harmonies are at the heart of “Queen’s Parade”, the first single from the London five piece’s forthcoming Soft Sea Blue EP, and it’s a welcome soundtrack for the here and now. Almost a cross between The Thrills‘ “Big Sur” and Acid House Kings‘ “Do What You Wanna Do”, it has a studied yet effortless vibe. Taking in stylistic elements from each of the last five decades, the key to its irresistible feel lies in its subtlety.
The Zoe Mead directed video complements with the nostalgic feel with the band’s haze-filtered high-jinks and tomfoolery shot in retro video games arcades and parks.
Soft Sea Blue, the follow up to debut EP Souvenirs, is released 15 September.