It’s one of those quintessentially English places, Oxford. The writer William Butler Yeats, in a letter to fellow poet, and possible unrequited love interest Katharine Tynan, said “I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all—the colleges I mean—like an opera.” Filled with ‘the colleges’ but also this fantastic architecture, heritage and history. The place oozes ambition, grandeur, intelligence and excellence.
Coming out of that very place is Wild Swim. The band, Richard Sansom , Carlos Posada, Jacob Lively, Sam Robinson and Jamie Jay, release their third single, New Dawn on 21st October, via the Almanac records imprint.
New Dawn ripples at the beginning, allowing singer Sansom’s rich baritone to fill the speakers before the track kicks in, spidery keyboards and insistent drums propelling the track underneath this almost beautifully languid solo. As it builds, so more voices join, in harmony, colouring the track, building the tension and expectation, before it finally explodes into swathes of keyboard, guitar and cymbal sounds, finally with the whole band punching its point home.
Maybe, like Yeats suggested, the boys in the band have just been dreaming and remembering. Certainly, just like the place, it oozes ambition, grandeur, intelligence and excellence. Funny how that happened, isn’t it.