Dance music… but make it an indie band. This 3-piece band from Bristol has been on my radar ever since their release of You & I a couple of years ago, which various funk & disco electronic artists remixed. They're now back with their 2021 full length album and it certainly doesn't disappoint. As mentioned, the band is essentially a small indie-rock/pop band but aided by loads of synthesizers. The band forgoes the light, airy and fun type music that many with similar constructions pursue in favor of a darker, more haunting vibe. This is established with lead singer Katy Sargent's vocals on every track. Swimming Static is best enjoyed on a rainy day.
Bonus content: if you're anything like me, then you love getting a "behind the scenes" look into how not only bands put together their albums but also how the bands construct their live shows. This behind the scenes video breaks down both for Elder Island. Interestingly, the band has fairly rigid responsibilities for live shows; Katy on vocals, Luke on bass and drums and Dave does guitar and synths, all aided by a loop pedal. However, when it comes to the studio, all rigid construction falls apart. The band members are all grabbing different instruments and doing all they can to find that perfect sound, regardless of who normally plays the instrument.
Release date: May 28, 2021
Similar artist(s): Jordan Rakei, Maribou State, Tycho
Top tracks: Purely Educational, Embers, Trailblazer