At long last, we're pleased to announce the release of the second volume of Learn to Swim, entitled Why Big Ideas Are Invisible From the Inside.
As long term Swimmers will recall, the "volumes" series is where we round up all that's best from the world of Learn to Swim, dust it off, polish its toenails and fling it back at you. As the Godfather of Swim, Mr Wilhelm explains: "One of the things we tried to do this time was take that whole things-flowing-into-each-other schtick from the first album and go a bit further. This time, not only do the tracks merge seamlessly into one organic whole [we're assuming he means that with a "w"... - Ed.], we thought we'd try to link them with a few ideas and generally mash up our own stuff. Maybe it's getting a bit too close to being a concept album. Or perhaps it's just one of those 'deep' conversations you end up having at 3am when you've spent all day in the pub. I don't honestly know. I wouldn't take it too seriously. That's why there's no Bagman on it."
Click here to download the album. Free as always. And don't forget to tell us what you think of it on our messageboard. Please. We'd love to hear from you.
THE COMPLETE WORKS
To celebrate the release of Why Big Ideas Are Invisible From the Inside we've added a few other bits and pieces to the site. This includes Wiskin and Semlay's 25-minute head twisting epic An Egg Named Thought which was previously only available by contacting us directly. A number of tracks were taken offline recently due to server issues. They're now back. Best of all though, for the very first time, Learn to Swim Volume 1 is now available online in its proper form.
This means our entire back catalogue of 115 tracks (plus 28 tracks by Cab Williamson's Waxworks) is now available on the website for the first time. Ever. That's over FOUR HOURS of music. Free, as always.
CURRENTLY IN THE STUDIO
The Submercibles are back at work on a new, as yet untitled, 2-track single. Expect more shouting and fuzzy guitars. Having got bored with the technical difficulties hampering their much-awaited third single, Hair by Roger have decided to relieve the boredom by starting work on the fourth instead - details on their homepage. And all the folk involved in Karswell have been adding their various talents to a new soundtrack which, we gather, sees them going all sci-fi...but in French. Lastly, if all the eerie noises coming out of The Hessian Palace are anything to go by, it would seem Acid Wilhelm is soon to reveal the workings of his odd little mind. Again.
HANK: THE SOCIETY OF SIX.
Our friends across-the-pond-and-up-a-bit, the mighty HANK COLLECTIVE have released a short promotional film to accompany their new single The Society of Six. According to the Godfather of Swim Acid Wilhelm, the video is "f***ing brilliant" (and he's normally so genteel!). You can view what our favourite Canadians have been getting up to by clicking >here<. We commend it to you.
You can still find it by clicking here but it's about as reliable as the British public transport system. We do like to be parochial.