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Swimmer One: The Regional Variations

Swimmer One: The Regional Variations. Artwork: Daniel Warren

Swimmer One: The Regional Variations. Artwork: Daniel Warren

Artist: Swimmer One
Title: The Regional Variations
Cat No: BIPH06CD
Format: CD, Digital
Released: September 2007

1: Drowning Nightmare 1
2: Largs Hum
3: National Theatre
4: But My Heart Is Broken
5: The Fakester Genocide
6: The Balance Company
7: Drowning Nightmare 2
8: Whatever You Do, Don’t Go In The Basement
9: Regional
10: The Dark Ages
11: A Petrol Pump In The Cradle Of Christianity

‘They give intelligence a good name, are more windswept than worthy and are very, very good’ – The Guardian

“One of the most captivating and unique pop acts around.” The List

Swimmer One make intelligent leftfield pop, but not the kind that fits neatly into any box. Think Belle and Sebastian, The KLF, the Associates, The Blue Nile and the Chemical Brothers. Keep thinking and then you’ll arrive where Swimmer One have arrived.

The Regional Variations is Swimmer One’s debut album. Its 11 songs cover the following subjects: dreaming about being watched while you drown; a man driven insane by a mysterious low frequency noise; an irrational fear of reality TV; what losing a loved one has in common with watching musicians you love sell out; falling in love with a fake person on the internet and not knowing how to find them when their identity is deleted; what religious doctrine has in common with company policy; dreaming about watching somebody else drown; dark secrets blurted out; shouting from the sidelines vs changing things from within; trying to save the world; deciding not to try and save the world and heading for the beach instead.

While not writing and recording The Regional Variations, Swimmer One have performed in the UK and Italy with the theatre company Highway Diner, and made a series of short films with the artist Daniel Warren, which have been screened at film festivals in Cannes, Naples, Chicago, Zurich and Edinburgh – a collaboration which won two awards and led to a longer film commissioned by Scottish Ballet and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Swimmer One: Come On, Let’s Go!

Swimmer One: Come On, Let's Go!

Swimmer One: Come On, Let’s Go!

Artist: Swimmer One
Cat No: BIPH02CD
Format: CD, Digital
Released: Jan 2003

1: Come On, Let’s Go!
2: Lake Tahoe
3: How Could Something Like That Be Love?


Intelligent experimental pop with quite lovely melodies. – Scotland On Sunday

A glorious duo who manage to combine the occasional blip, bleep, synth and machine drum with some of the warmest melodies and heartfelt lyrics around… infectious and articulate. – The List

Swimmer One have made a perfect piece of pop with the genius of simplicity and the mass appeal of smooth edges. It has a beautiful video that could make you cry all on its own and is sexier and more poignant than anything I’ve seen on the telly for yonks. – Leeds Music Scene

Swimmer One reminds me of some of the best bits of the 80s indie scene with crooning vocals reminisent of Orange Juice/China Crisis/ abc, the edge and arseiness of The Fall’s playing and all with a sense of humour. nice combination. – Totally Radio

Like Belle and Sebastian twiddling knobs and hanging out with the Pet Shop Boys. perfectly poppy indie electronica with melodies to warm a crooked heart. – Ballroom Favourites

A wonderful way to spend four mins and a very special pop track. – I Really Love Music

The most suave act on the block. Sublime. – IsThisMusic?

A fluffy and fiercely consuming electro pop gem – Losing Today

‘Come On, Let’s Go!” is such a fantastic slice of synthesized pop’ – Delusions Of Adequacy

From original press release

Come On, Let’s Go! is the second single by Swimmer One. It is the follow up to We Just Make Music For Ourselves, which was released to wide acclaim and extensive radioplay earlier this year.

The single contains 3 new tracks and a film.

Come On, Let’s Go! is a euphoric pop song about the pointlessness of life and the crushing inevitability of death.

Lake Tahoe is a bedtime story for people who work for a living.

How Could Something Like That Be Love is a love song, notable for a guest vocal appearance by Cora Bissett, who has previously performed on records by Arab Strap, Mogwai and AC Acoustics.

The short film, The Unnamable Disco, is by Edinburgh film-maker Daniel Warren, who as part of Brainhole Productions has previously made videos for the bands Aerogramme, Biffy Clyro and Ballboy, amongst others.

The Unnamable Disco, which features music by Swimmer One, was filmed at Dance Base, the Scottish centre for dance, and has been screened at film festivals worldwide. It recently won Best Film award in the open category of Scotland’s Real to Reel film festival.

Swimmer One: We Just Make Music For Ourselves

Swimmer One - We Just Make Music for Ourselves

Swimmer One – We Just Make Music for Ourselves – BIPH01CD

Artist: Swimmer One
Title: We Just Make Music For Ourselves
Cat No: BIPH01CD
Format: CD, Digital
Released: Jan 2002

1: We Just Make Music For Ourselves
2: Talk Me Down From 20000 Ft
3: Music For Other People

From original press release

Swimmer One released their debut single, We Just Make Music For Ourselves, as a limited edition on their own label, Biphonic Records. The song was immediately picked up by Radio One DJs Mark Radcliffe, Steve Lamacq, Gill Mills and Vic Galloway, and put the track on the station’s ‘Most Important Releases Of The Week’ list.

The single, includes a short film by Edinburgh artist Daniel Warren featuring squash, Scrabble and explicit sex.

‘Terrific. A little bit Elbow, a little bit Pulp, a little bit the Blue Nile, a little bit The Who, even. I keep saying that there’s so many people out there doing interesting stuff. I wish we could play more of it.’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio One – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 1

‘A very special record I think you’ll agree’ – Vic Galloway, Radio 1

‘Indie-electronica for a new millennium … one to watch.’ – Drowned in Sound

‘A gentle, blissed out piece of wonderfully intelligent beats and bleeps, with killer melodies to boot.’ – The List

‘Fantastic … an early contender for record of the year’ – IsThisMusic?

‘Ultra-poppy synth-happy music like none other I’ve heard before.’ – Delusions of Adequacy

‘One of the best debut outings I’ve heard in a long while. Very smart stuff indeed’ – Losing Today