Label: LTM - LTMCD2324 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: UK & Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, New Wave
The Names' Swimming isn't the sharpest arrow in infamous producer Martin Hannett's quiver, and the Belgian group indeed wallowed in the obscurity that journalist Jon Savage claimed they didn't deserve, Soul Searching - Shy - Sunset And Vine the record still fares rather well as a second-tier post-punk record.
Starting off with a relatively upbeat first side and eventually Russ Giguere - Hexagram 16 into a The Names - Swimming + Singles exactly inventive morass of lumpen tempos and a rather off-putting level of mopey meandering a sequencing scheme conceived by the producerit certainly isn't the most listener-friendly record of its era.
Like a number of bands that favored their rhythm sections and keyboard dressing over guitar pyrotechnics and over-emotive vocals, the Names truly come to life when they find a sticky groove capable of scaling tall buildings and allow it to The Names - Swimming + Singles center stage "Life By the Sea," "Discovery".
Otherwise, the songs risk losing their tether and dissipate. Along with another key 7" release that can be found on the Spectators of Life compilation, the bonus tracks show that the Names were much better at the singles game. The Factory-issued "Nightshift," a nocturnally glum tune that somehow manages to glisten in a manner similar to Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," stands as one of the Names' standout moments, if not their absolute best.
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Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Track Listing. Music for Someone. Michel Sordinia. The Names.
Floating World. The Fire. Life by the Sea. White Shadow. This Is Harmony. Leave Her to Heaven. The Astronaut. Music for Someone Michel Sordinia. Spotify Amazon. Discovery Michel Sordinia. Floating World Michel Sordinia. The Fire Michel Sordinia.
Life by the Sea Michel Sordinia. White Shadow Michel Sordinia. Calcutta Michel Sordinia. Postcards Michel Sordinia. This Is Harmony Michel Sordinia. Leave Her to Heaven Michel Sordinia. Light Michel Sordinia.
Nightshift Michel Sordinia. The Astronaut Michel Sordinia. Cat Michel Sordinia.