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SLOTFACE – ” Sink or Swim “

Posted: September 29, 2019 in MUSIC
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Norwegian indie punks Sløtface have shared a song about their own pollution worries in new single ‘Sink or Swim’. Frontperson Haley Shea explains:

“[‘Sink or Swim‘ is] about the desperation that comes when I think about climate change. It’s supposed to be an honest description of how I’m definitely not doing enough to stop it, and how it feels so massive and difficult, but at the same time it in part comes down to lots of small and every-day choices.”

It’s surely a creeping worry in the backs of the minds of all conscientious people in the world, and Sløtface brilliantly capture the overwhelming feeling you get when you let those thoughts free to run rampant in your mind. Shea worries about plastic filling up oceans, it being “too warm for October”, and her grandchildren dying – and her delivery comes with earnest discomfort, as if she’s sick with the thoughts. The usually effervescent band hold back their boisterousness to add gravitas to these notions, but their sparking electricity is still sending mini musical shockwaves beneath, adding a pointedness to the fury and desperation. They maintain this crackling balance right up until the end when the floodgates truly open with the cathartic statement: “it’s not politics, it’s sink or swim.”

Appropriately, a video for ‘Sink or Swim’ highlighting these issues, Please support your local and global environmental initiatives & charities

When one door shuts, another one opens, as the old saying goes. In the case of the break-up of the band Allo Darlin’, one door closed and four solo careers began. Paul Rains is something of a omnipresent guitar wizard on the London-scene, Mikey Collins and Bill Botting have both shared solo offerings, and now, probably the most aniticipated next move of them all comes in the shape of Elva. A collaboration between Elizabeth Morris and Ola Innset, of the Norwegian band Making Marks, Elva are set to release their debut album in April, and have this week shared the first taste of it.

It’s hard not to compare the sound back to the pairs other projects, Elizabeth’s plaintive vocals remain as wonderfully comforting as ever, while Ola’s guitar work has us digging out that excellent Making Marks record from a few years back. For everything that stays the same though, something new comes along; there’s lush strings, country-licked drum arrangements, even what sounds suspiciously like an accordion. The record’s title, “Winter Sun”, feels hugely apt for Elva’s sound, Americana via Australia and Norway, there’s a warmth and a comfort to their sound, yet you feel there’s something darker lurking beneath. We can’t wait to see where Elva take us next.

Taken from upcoming album “Winter Sun”, out on Tapete Records on April 19th!