We are very honoured to premiere the stunning new track ‘This is the End’ from Queensland’s innovative Swimsuit Edition – a band that refuses to be labelled or constrained in any way. From the punk thrash of ‘Addict’ to the pop lilt of ‘The Feeling’ and the bleached-white doobie-laden surfy ‘Hit It With You’, the band has explored styles with panache and an ear for melody and atmosphere. The common thread is a songwriting craft of the highest order.
Now, in my view, they have out done themselves with the chilling, arctic new wave sizzle of ‘This Is The End’. This track is a fuse that slowly burns – it simmers and prowls with an indelible atmosphere as singer Danny Mann exudes a sonorous, deep and alluring tone over the muted crystalline guitars and bass. His voice has a late night smoky lounge feel to it: world weary, blasted and pained that emerges like a butterfly from a cocoon into the chorus.
Strings ominously edge their way up the mix and the guitars have a Lynchian threat to them as they mark the horizons of the song with languid lines. The sudden introduction of a saxophone just sparks the fuse alight into a flame: a haunting refrain that swoops across the top of the track like a sudden spotlight across the gloomy, dark and gothic textures underneath.
This is a song that immediately wrests its way forward into one of the most enigmatic and statuesque releases this year so far:
A glittering delight. ‘This is the End’ is out on 24 June 2021 and you can pre-order/pre-save here.
Feature Photograph: Amie Victoria