Today’s song is “Swim and Sleep” and is from the 2012 EP of the same name. The band playing said song is Unknown Mortal Orchestra. There is something so wonderful about the apparent simplicity of this song (although we know successful simplicity in music is not easy). It has that quasi-60’s drum sound (in that the snare is by far the loudest sound, with the kick and toms low in the mix, or not directly mic’ed), a drum sound that always walks ahead and leads the song. But the beauty really lies in the interplay between bass guitar and vocals. The bass follows along with the guitar, not the drums, and the guitar highlights the vocals. So while “on paper” it may not seem like a lot is happening, there is actually a whole lot for your ears to ponder upon.
You gotta love those drums, almost set apart from the rest of the music and instruments, yet still leading it. Enjoy.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Swim and Sleep”