Firestations have just released their new single called Swim Under the Winter (out December 5th).
We always love a new Firestations number and this is a dreamy, slightly hazy offering from the London-based band. Out on Lost Map records, the song is about making a decision to approach a problem from a different angle. Says vocalist Mike: “You’re looking for a pattern that isn’t there. Staring at long shadows in the afternoon sunlight and accepting the possibility of feeling better and rediscovering simple joys. Winter being as much filled with the promise of light as it is with darkness.”
There’s a haunting, wistful quality to Swim Under the Winter. The vocals seem to float towards you as if through a crisp winter mist. There’s a meditative quality, a feeling of drawing inwards just before a spring reawakening – there’s very much the suggestion that solutions can be found and a sense of optimism lurks under the surface. Mike and Laura’s razor sharp harmonies hover on a fine edge between soothing and melancholic.
The track comes ahead of new work for 2023. “Lyrically, quite a lot of the new songs are verging, weirdly, on ‘self-help’, and Swim Under the Winter has got a bit of that flavour,” says Mike. “We’ve got no desire to be internet-age gurus (well, maybe just a little… could be fun), but we’ve definitely been soaking up the post-lockdown anxieties and feeling a bit cut adrift in a new (old) reality. It seems like it’s just one thing after another right now, an overload that never stops, and how can we disconnect from that?”
Swim Under the Winter by Firestations. The single is available to share and stream now.
Released as part of Lost Map’s Postmap Club Subscription Service, with exclusive remixes by Beneather and Bit Cloudy.
Taken from the forthcoming new album New River Underground, coming 2023
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