Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Swim Deep Share New Single 'How Many Love Songs Have Died In Vegas?', and Announce New Album

Swim Deep return with their new single ‘How Many Love Songs Have Died In Vegas?’

Released today, it’s the first track from the forthcoming new album ‘There’s A Big Star Outside…’, produced by Bill Ryder-Jones, set for release on Friday 7th June on Submarine Cat Records.

‘How Many Love Songs Have Died In Vegas?’ is a result of the deep self-examination frontman Austin ‘Ozzy’ Williams has undertaken in the years since the last album ‘Emerald Classics’. The news of his impending fatherhood led him to think about his own childhood, and the broken marriage of his parents and how that affected him and his relationships today. It’s the perfect re-introduction to the band, and highlights the evolution of Swim Deep as songwriters and musicians. Musically it’s understated, raw and affective, with beautiful melodies and Austin’s most heartfelt vocal to date with a new level of intimacy to his songwriting. 

On the track Austin says - 

“‘How Many Love Songs In Vegas?’ is a song that’s been stitched together over a few years, a great melody made in a shed (like all the good ones are) that never found its song. Until Swim Deep’s Lord saviour Bill Ryder Jones insisted we persist with it as it was ‘dead good’. We tried everything, and even after going full Flaming Lips at the Wacky Warehouse on it, still, nothing felt perfect… until we sat back, drank some gin and listened to Yo La Tengo & Red House Painters. And suddenly it clicked, Bill saw the light and I followed him like I would off a cliff.

“A song I wrote after pondering whether marriage was ill fated, and statistically doomed, just like my parents and all my friend’s parents’ ones seemed to turn out. An anxiety laced love song in which I deny all of those odds stacked against me and my wife, the best person ever.”

‘There’s A Big Star Outside…’ album heralds a creative rebirth, following close collaboration with beloved solo artist and producer Bill Ryder-Jones. With their most raw, affective and mature work to date, now stand on the precipice of something familiar but wholly new: a Swim Deep record that steps into the confident, experienced territory that you just can’t claim when you’re a wide-eyed twenty-something. Pre-save the album here.

‘There’s A Big Star Outside…’ album tracklisting:

1. How Many Love Songs Have Died In Vegas?

2. Very Heaven

3. These Words

4. Robin

5. Don't Make Me a Stranger

 6. First Song

7. Big Star

8. It's Just Sun In Your Eyes

9. So Long, So Far (Marble-Bellied Baby)

10. Fire Surrounds

Swim Deep have announced their first new live dates of the year alongside the single and album. The band kick off the tour in Manchester on 4th June and features eleven dates across the UK. See details below:

June 2024 headline tour dates

Tue 4 – Manchester Deaf Institute

Weds 5 – Nottingham Bodega

Thurs 6 – Birmingham Hare

Fri 7 – Bristol Rough Trade

Sat 8 – Blackpool Bootleg Social

Tue 11 – Southampton Papillon

Weds 12 – Oxford Bullingdon

Thurs 13 – London VU

Fri 14 – Leeds Key Club

Sat 15 - Newcastle Think Tank

Sun 16 - Edinburgh Mash House

Pre-sale tickets are available from Wednesday 21st February at 10am from here. General sale is from Friday 23rd February at 10am.

Image: Steve Gullick

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