By Frightened Rabbit
Where to start with Frightened Rabbit? Their wonderfully lo-fi 2006 debut 'Sing The Greys,' despite being heard by few, ranks as one of the most impressive debuts of the decade, and their glorious sophomore record, 'The Midnight Organ Fight' is a stunning and fantastically emotional album, proving the band's worth as one of the best bands to come out of Scotland in recent times. With that back-catalogue, there is a certain amount of hype for the band's third album 'The Winter Of Mixed Drinks,' due March 1st next year.
'Swim Until You Can't See Land' is the first single from said album, and shows the band continuing to move further into the epic side of their sound. Starting slowly, it grows and grows until the brilliantly grand final chorus, accompanied by beautiful strings, arranged by label mate Hauschka.
Lyrically, frontman Scott Hutchison is on top form as always, telling tales of rejecting habits and normality, and of escapism; ideas that the title is a perfect metaphor for. The repeated chorus of "Swim until you can't see land / are you a man? / are you a bag of sand?" reiterates this as music erupts to anthemic proportions. An indicator of what is to come on their third record; a record likely to be as spectacular as this first single, easily one of the standout tracks of the year.
B-side 'Fun Stuff' is also worth a mention. A different affair, it is a beautifully quiet acoustic track, along the lines of 'Poke' from 'The Midnight Organ Fight,' with added violin. Lyrically just as wonderful, a tale of missing a loved one, with the lovely chorus of "the fun stuff is much less fun without you."