MONTH'S RELEASE: A change of pace - after all the writhing and
spookiness of October, we draw the year to a close with the plain and
uncluttered style of
Ben Bloody Thompson
in his first release, modestly titled
Demos. Three simple songs based on the idea that a decent tune is
good enough. Enjoy. We certainly did.
LIKELY Sorry for the lack of an update during November - a refit at
Learn to Swim's studio (known to all as "The Hessian Palace")
has been causing some problems, including messing up our recording
schedule. We're still waiting for the "technical staff" to
sort it out. So far, it's knocked our release schedule onwards by a
month and further delays are still possible. We apologise for the
inconvenience...but, hey, there's plenty to be going on with.
PEEL We were devastated to hear of the death of John Peel some weeks
ago. Often when someone famous dies words like "irreplaceable"
get bandied around and yet the entertainment world is mostly built
around giving us the same thing over and over again, albeit in fresh
packaging. Not so with Peel. His influence is impossible to measure, let
alone reproduce. It's sadly all too easy to imagine Radio 1 without him
- but imagine British music without him...
MONTH'S RELEASE: We've had a lot of requests (well, some) to hear more
and Semlay as their eerie dancehall theme
Brainfelching has been online for some time. This month, they
finally make their single debut with the double-CD release of the
same name which is now available here. The second disc is given over
entirely to the 25 minute
An Egg Named Thought. As this is such a huge file to download,
we've decided to make it a CD-only release. If you like what you hear of
the first three tracks and would like a copy of the second disc, please
contact us - it's still FREE of course.
AT THE MOVIES: Many visitors last month noticed that we're now playing
host to two short films by Stephen Phythian. For those who haven't seen
them, both are currently available here. Some of the music may sound a
THIS MONTH'S RELEASE: At long last we're pleased to announce the release of the second single by
Roger. Their debut release
Drawing in September 2002 was of course the first single ever put out by Learn to Swim, so they always have a special place in our hearts and still very popular with visitors - frequently at the top of our download chart. The new single,
Walking, continues in a similar dreamy vein though perhaps with a tinge of regret. You can listen to all three tracks here now.
WAVE: During October, Scottish theatre company Reeling and Writhing are
staging Standing Wave a play based on the life and work of one of our
heroes, Delia Derbyshire. The play will be performed at the Tron
Theatre, Glasgow between 7th and 23rd October and includes specially
commissioned music based on Delia's work. More information about the
play is available here along with free downloads of music created for
the show and other music inspired by Delia. Our very own
contributed two tracks - both from July's release
Una Ricerca per la Morte: L'Interfaccia della Mente e del
L'Uomo Acido Colpisce un Vassoio including some exclusive notes
from the man himself. For more information about Delia you can also
visit Sonic Boom's terrific tribute site
"HANK" ALBUM: Our dear friends across the water,
The Hank Collective
recently released their second album How to Prosper in the Coming Bad
Years and, true to form, it's an absolute belter. We've been listening
to it non-stop since it arrived on these shores a few weeks back.
There'll be a full review in The Bar next month. In the meantime, drop
in at the
Hank website for
free previews and to get hold of a copy. We can't recommend it enough!
RELEASES: The Release Schedule has been updated to take us through to
February next year. As ever, we're constantly bringing you new and
interesting sounds from the lower reaches of obscurity. Over the coming
months, we have
Ben Bloody Thompson
making his debut with a collection of beautifully understated Demos,
then in December we finally get to hear what Griffin have been doing to
turn all their shouting into a proper tune,
Oh Joyous Diner
(remember them?) kickstart 2005 with the intriguingly titled
How We Used to See the Future and another newcomer, Pete
Nitrous, joins us in February with
Cinecity. Homepages for each of these are now up and running so
keep an eye out for updates and cover news. The full release schedule is
SEND US YOUR REVIEWS: You may have noticed that last month we launched our Reviews Page and it's filling up rapidly. If you're minded to write up your thoughts on any of our releases, please drop us a line at The Bar. We'd love to hear from you!
RELEASE: Back with us this month are those rowdy funsters
this time featuring a very special guest vocalist brought to
you all the way from Canada. Yes, Cab Williamson himself lurches into
the fray on the long-awaited
All Our Enemies adding his own brand of rasping glamour to the
mix. It's backed with
Stains - a tale of the sordid world of urban freeways. Download
both tracks here now.
Speaking of things
Waxworks, observant visitors to these pages will have noticed that we are now playing host to the entire (well, almost)
Cab Williamson's Waxworks back catalogue. This includes a number of previously unavailable tracks and the few coherent remnants of their notoriously ramshackle live performances.
RELEASE: The man himself
centre stage this month with his second solo effort
Una Ricerca per la Morte. Three more tracks of your deepest
fears translated into pure sound. As mentioned previously, this set
includes the frankly terrifying
L'Uomo Acido Colpisce un Vassoio - quite possibly the scariest
thing you will ever hear. As usual it's available here.
Don't forget to leave your views and comments in The Bar. We'd love to hear from you.
RELEASE: Now available is the soundtrack from last year's cult horror
is, as many people have correctly guessed, an entirely fictional moniker
as it is essentially members of other Learn to Swim outfits working
together not necessarily in peace, but in reasonable harmony. All five
tracks including the fantastic title theme are available here.
Schedule update - takes us through to December this year.
and Semlay's popular
Brainfelching which is currently available as a bonus track on
their page) gets a full release as part of a special double-CD set. More
news nearer the time. Also
Griffin and our new signing Timbertoe will be making
their Learn to Swim debut before the year is out. Keep checking back for
LEARN TO SWIM - VOLUME 1
is available at last! Click here for the running order. The delay has
been due to a rather exciting development as Mr Acid Wilhelm himself
explains: "Myself and my most excellent friend known only as
"Lemur" both sweated over what should and shouldn't go on
Volume 1. Bearing in mind the sensitive artistic temperament of some of
the Learn to Swim posse we had to strike a balance between showcasing
the diverse range of styles and making an album which didn't just feel
like a bundle of singles thrown together. We're not Herman's Hermits.
So, besides the fact that there's none of my own stuff on there we also
decided that where possible the tracks should flow into each other. A
bit. Not too much. We're not Rush, either." The upshot of all this
is that the version of the album available for download is just the
individual tracks which are already available on the site. This is
partly because we don't have the webspace to post two lots of the same
stuff, partly because we can't guarantee that it'll burn seamlessly on
everyone's CD writer. To get the full mixed version you'll need to get
in touch with us. The advantage is that you get not only a version which
we prefer, it's higher quality (the MP3s are only 112Kbps which is OK
but not brilliant) and a printed sleeve and inlay...and maybe some other
surprises. It's still FREE but we'll have to make a small charge for
postage. Contact us to get hold of your copy!
NEW RELEASE: also available are three new tracks from the
Ira Snowmelt Trio. Something a little different.
Just a reminder that our message board is available for you to share your views on our efforts - and indeed anyone else's. Join us in The Bar. We'd love to hear from you.
We've had requests for a help page on downloading and listening to the music. Responsive as ever to your needs, it is
Big news of the month is, of course, the release of our first compilation album
LEARN TO SWIM - VOLUME
1. Full details will be available when it is formally launched in a couple of weeks' time, click here for the provisional running order.
final tracklist for May's debut by The
Ira Snowmelt Trio
is now available on their page. Three slices of pure cool. Chill.
reports that his second single
Una Ricerca per la Morte has been completed and includes the
L'Uomo Acido Colpisce un Vassoio. We've listened to it and can
attest that it is the scariest sound you will ever hear. Watch out for
that one in sunny July.
message board is now up and running so please add whatever words you
feel inclined to share. Observant visitors will have noticed the
homepage now has a neat little icon, which should also show up in your
Favourites folder...assuming you have Learn to Swim in there (and why
would you not?). There are more of these pointless little tricks
Release Schedule is now up to date as far as August 2004. The hugely
Ira Snowmelt Trio
finally make their Learn to Swim debut in May, followed by
with the much-requested soundtrack for last year's cult flick "Taphophobia".
July sees the Godfather of Swim himself,
return with another slice of idiosyncratic weirdery entitled
Una Ricerca per la Morte. And, if they can get it together in
Submercibles will follow up last year's "Twist" with
an as yet untitled 3-track shoutfest
of "Taphophobia", the David
section now includes
Lord Edward Bleeds which provided the backing to that stunning
horseback chase sequence through the deserted streets of Carlisle. For
obscure contractual reasons, it couldn't be included on the soundtrack
CD, but here it is in all its glory.
& Semlay section is now open and leads off with the
Brainfelching, There'll be more from these two in due course.
return this month with a piece of wond'rous strange kitcschery entitled
Mocata. Observant Swimmers might like to ponder the significance
of the dedication. The boys also mentioned that they recently heard from
Moto who is currently said to be living in a bedsit in
Apparently she's found herself a new job as an osteopath. So
congratulations to the Elfin One!
Next month sees the rush-release of the latest
Chequeboy. We've heard it and it's a sodding belter. How does
this man do it? There must be something in that milkshake stuff he
drinks after his kickboxing sessions.
Happy New Year to all of our Chinese visitors!
Bringing us into 2004 with his characteristic blend of the sweet and sinister is
Corridors. All he would say is that none of the tracks is actually called "Corridors", it's just that that's what they remind him of...
New Year from all of us to all of you. We hope you'll continue to stick
with us through 2004. We've already got some good'uns up our sleeve for
this year. Promise..