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Shanghai Blues – Swim [Review]

Shanghai Blues – Swim [Review]

East London alt-rockers Shanghai Blues have released their latest single ‘Swim’. Check it out below. 


It’s a heartfelt alt ballad; the perfect track to sooth the soul and help you unwind and melt into a shimmering pool of indie-rock. Swim is simple yet powerful, easing you in with subtle guitar lines and modest melodies, before hitting you with a towering, emotional chorus, where the track truly comes into its own.

 Following on from the band early 2017 single releases ‘Those Three Words’, ‘Tense’ and ‘Night Tears’, Swim is another confident step forward for this quartet crafting their songs with a hugely diverse array of influence from artists including Dinosaur Pile Up, The Strokes, J Hus, Kanye West and Mooseblood.

Speaking about the track, the band say: “Swim is a song for anyone that has ever felt like they can’t cope, a song for anyone that feels like things are too much and they can’t go on. Although quite a dark subject with heavy lyrical themes, we think it’s a song with light and hope that physically lifts you, daring you not to give up with your struggles.”

Injecting a heaviness into their more indie-leaning material, and instantly more impactful and considered than their previous releases, the new single shows a mellower and more mature side to this emerging outfit, displaying some restrained and intelligent song writing which only goes to underscore their growing appeal.

After playing impressive tour dates alongside Glass Caves, Theme Park and Palace, the band have been racking up placements on influential playlists including The Indie List, Hot New Bands and Fresh Finds, plus support from Apple Music, BBC Introducing and various global radio stations. We’re excited to see what the future holds for this exceptional alt-indie outfit.


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