New Artists Spotlight: Go ‘Swimming at Night’ With the Vintage Poptronica of VIKINGS


When you’d be hardpressed to seek out someone who desires to make the leap into the Pink River which runs via Winnipeg, Manitoba, even in the summertime. The trio of artists who contain VIKINGS don’t see their house town’s moderately un-balmy climes as a deterrent to writing and liberating 3 amusing, summery synth pop anthems, alternatively. In truth, thumbing a nostril on the chilly and drawing out the summer season will have been precisely the incentive for his or her twin unmarried, “Talines”/”Swimming at NIght,” which dropped in mid-August and incorporates two remixes, making it kind of an EP. With gentle Sizzling Chip-meets-Nick De Los angeles Hoyde vibes, those tracks are additionally somewhat of a 180 from their remaining album, and it appears it’s for a explanation why.

2018’s clearly Tron-and-new wave-inspired album Electrical Lifestyles might be described extra as indie pop, with its darker tones, numerous EDM beats (together with rave lure and long run bass) and dream pop-like hooks. This album noticed relatively somewhat of father good fortune, particularly with the Uber-popular “Run,” which bacame TikTok well-known and was once featured in rotation at Without end 21 retail outlets. Can’t get extra pop than that, are you able to? As VIKINIGS inform it, alternatively, it wasn’t pop good fortune that led to them to switch their sound to the uber-pop of “Tanlines” and “Swimming….” It was once a breakup.

There aren’t actually any main points as to te explanation why VIKINGS’s hiatus, instead of, after all, the pandemic. It doesn’t in fact sound like they stopped running on song throughout that point.

After a three 12 months hiatus, VIKINGS spent nearly all of 2020 in a lockdown studio consultation the place we really discovered our new sound….encouraged by means of journey and love the monitor was once created in a maze of experimentation…The approaching songs embrace two very other vibes whilst nonetheless keeping up the sound this is VIKINGS.

The “approaching songs” to which the band refer on this quote at the moment are out within the type of the singles and their remixes, however one will get the imporession that this new sound will proceed to increase thus. No matter the cause of the exchange, there's nonetheless a pleasing, refined indie pop core so enthusiasts of VIKINGS don't need to fear about an entire taste shift; we’re now not taking a look at 2010s Hanson vs 90s Hanson right here. Lovers will most probably nonetheless benefit from the tracks in the event that they preferred the band’s first two albums and their 2017 EP, Animal Kingdom.

So what makes “Swimming at Evening” and “Tanlines” so other from prevois paintings by means of VIKINGS? The manner and heavy synth continues to be there, clearly, in addition to blank manufacturing. It’s simply usually extra upbeat, and with those tracks the trio have actually embraced that vein or pop that ran via previos iterations. The unique mixes of each songs are 100% pop development, beat and vocals, to the purpose the place it borders on bubble gum. “Tanlines,” in particular, is Harry Types-level pop. Just a little of soul, somewhat of funk however actually all pop. “Swimming at NIght,” then again, has a extra indie pop vibe, a’los angeles Lower Replica or Sizzling Chip, a’los angeles a deeper key within the verse.

The “Tanlines” remix is by means of ASH HALO, every other venture VIKINGS’s synth programmer Dave McNabb has with fellow Winnepegian artist referred to as Saratonin, of the well known bass duo Akylla. This model performs round with manufacturing greater than the unique, and the synths are somewhat deeper to check the heavier bass, making a rather extra trendy vibe. It’s now not EDM, however it’s adjoining and no more new wave-influenced. The “Swimming at Evening” remix is in fact an edit that’s shortened the unique monitor considerably. This highlights the pop price of the monitor as smartly.

Since “Tanlines” and “Swimming at Evening” are technically teasers for the following album from VIKINGS, it'll see if their “new sound” will permeate the entire album and tell all their paintings going ahead, or in the event that they nonetheless have some extra indie pop methods up their sleeves. The largest query there's are they now complete poptronica or will they, like thier earlier paintings, do a lttile style hopping into extra forged EDM territory? Wager enthusiasts should look ahead to the album to determine.

“Tanlines” and “Swimming at Evening” and their remixes are out now and may also be streamed on Spotify and Bandcamp.