“With Swimming Static on deck at the end of this month, it’s time to dive back into Katy Sargent’s decisive vocals with neo-soul inflections alongside synths and strings that make you move. “Small Plastic Heart” especially delivers the dance floor nostalgia we’re all pining for right now.” – Paste
“A rich tapestry of sounds from indie, electronica, pop, and soul… the band weaves these disparate elements together with propulsive beats, lush instrumentals, and sharply honed melodies” – Under The Radar on “Sacred”
“There’s a strong ’90s dance vibe with the house-y ‘Sacred’.” – BrooklynVegan
Bristol-based Electronic-pop Trio ELDER ISLAND HighlyAnticipated Sophomore Album Swimming Static – out TOMORROW
Release insightful ‘Making Of’ Documentary [Out Now]
Listen to lead single “Queen Of Kings” here
Following 2019’s acclaimed debut album The Omnitone Collection, Elder Island’s new ten-track record Swimming Static sees the band reach new heights of expertly crafted experimentation. Flitting between the surreal dream-state of electronica and the storytelling-esque lyricisms of indie, the new album tempers introspection with a coveted taste of feel-good pop, offering dashes of neo-soul at the core.
Named after the agitation and general listlessness felt during lockdown, the trio are carving out a genre-defying space, with infectious songs that shapeshift and captivate.
What the press is saying:
‘”Alluringly hypnotic vocals courtesy of lead singer Katy Sargent with a slow but sticky beat that builds to an ethereal climax. The booming synths and wide-open soundscape earns its place as one of the most solid dance-tracks in Elder Island’s discography.”
– The Alternative on “Sacred”
“Upbeat and underscored by a funk-led bassline, vocalist Katy Sargent’s reverb-laden vocals glide through a glistening dancefloor, shifting between gradually building synth keys, into full force electro-pop.” – Velvet Independant on “Purely Educational”
“Feeling like the lovechild of Arctic Monkeys’ A.M. and Warpaint’s Head’s Up, the swanky pop sound plays a tug-o-war with dark and light.“- The Alternative on “Feral”
“[Swimming Static] seethes with boredom, thrill, fear and horror. It’s yet another entry into the setlist at the club at the end of the world. You’re going to love it.” – Gigwise
“Elder Island Create Genre Defiant Comfort Food For Your Ears On Stylish Electro-Tinged Beauty Swimming Static” – Rock and Roll Fables
“The track, gushing with synths that bounce with the determination of an animal on the prowl, is destined for the radio and worldwide acclaim.” – Play Too Much on “Sacred”
“Their emotional and experimental take on music is hard-hitting” – One Great Song Speaking about the album which was recorded over the past year in their home studio, Elder Island explain:
“Swimming Static is an album born of freeform musical expression, shaped by overcoming challenges and fortified by the severity of focus bestowed upon it. The album explores our disposition towards nostalgia and reflection. The fallibility and changeability of history, myth and memory. Within the tracks we learnt to apprehend and appreciate the turmoils of the present by looking elsewhere but all the time striving to pledge ourselves to the moment.”
Alongside this, the band have worked with longtime friend and director Nic Kane to capture the ‘Making Of’ process of the new album. A mix of studio footage and talking heads, the 16-minute short film explores the band’s processes in depth, tracing songs from early handwritten notes to studio jams and finished pieces. With a shining DIY ethos, they highlight the creative freedom their independence has allowed them.
Watch the documentary here:
Directed by Nic Kane (@_nic_kane)
Cinematography: Nic Kane and Dominic John ( @_nic_kane and @domjohn_dop)
Editor: Nic Kane (@_nic_kane)
Sound design: Jasper Trim and Nic Kane (@jaspertrim and @_nic_kane)
Audio mix: Jasper Trim (@jaspertrim)
Vfx: Jordan Martin (@double_vision_studio)
Colourist: Cam Sander (@cam_sander)
All tracks written and performed by Elder Island
The band have released four singles from Swimming Static, highlighted below, and garnered plays from the likes of 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens among others. They’ve been playlisted by Spotify on over 39 New Music Fridays (UK, US, Global, Philippines + more), New Alternative, and featured on the cover of both Indie Dancefloor & Release Radar.
Pre-save Swimming Static HERE:
About Elder Island:
Elder Island are vocalist and cellist Katy Sargent, bassist and beat maestro Luke Thornton and guitarist and synth master David Havard.
Carving out a genre-defying space for themselves in our musical landscape, Elder Island captivate with shapeshifting songs. The trio’s sound cherry-picks and transforms elements from genres as diverse as electronica, indie, pop and neo-soul. The result is a web of sound that threads poetic lyricism and unfamiliar instruments over a backdrop of electronic elements and synth-heavy dance beats.
Their sophomore album Swimming Static follows 2019’s acclaimed debut The Omnitone Collection, which has seen the band amass a massive 200 million global streams and over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify.
Elder Island have headlined 60 international shows to date, performing at large capacity venues across the UK and the US including The Roundhouse (London), The Marble Factory (Bristol), Bowery Ballroom (NYC), El Rey Theatre (LA) and The Fillmore (San Francisco). In addition to this, the band appeared in their last performance as special guest headliners alongside Maribou State with support from DJ Seinfeld, Folamour and Quantic at London’s iconic 5000 capacity venue Printworks at the start of 2020.
UK TOUR DATES
October 9 – Brighton Chalk
October 13 – Newcastle Wylam Brewery
October 14 – Glasgow Queen Margaret Union
October 19 – Manchester Academy 2
October 20 – Dublin Button Factory
October 26 – Birmingham Institute
October 28 – Bristol SWX
November 2+3 – London Oval Space
Buy tickets here: https://www.elderisland.com/