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Swimmer One

Swimmer One. Photo: Jannica Honey
Swimmer One. Photographs by Jannica Honey

‘Sublime electronic chamber pop.’ – The Herald

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

‘One of the country’s most exciting bands.’ – The List

‘We want more. More. More of their wily words, their tender synth fare, their surprisingly colossal pop.’ – Plan B

‘Electropop marvels.’ – Metro

Swimmer One make their experimental pop music in a studio space on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Difficult to categorise, and not fitting into any ‘scene’, their music has been compared to everyone from the Pet Shop Boys and the Associates to the Blue Nile and the Who.

To date Swimmer One have released two albums – The Regional Variations and Dead Orchestras – and two limited edition singles – We Just Make Music For Ourselves and Come On, Let’s Go!.

While not recording music, 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.

Hamish Brown and Andrew Eaton formed Swimmer One in 2002. Laura Cameron Lewis joined the line-up in 2007.

The band’s website is at, or you can follow them on Facebook at

What other people have said about Swimmer One…

‘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.

‘Intelligent experimental pop with quite lovely melodies.’ Scotland on Sunday

‘The missing link between Pulp and the Chemical Brothers‚ Swimmer One are making some of the most exciting sounds to come out of Scotland at the moment.’ – Jim Gellatly, XFM

‘A supreme example of old school electro pop‚ huge fun, and very impressive.’ I Really Love Music

‘The most suave act on the block… Sublime.’ Is This Music