Last week, fans of indie band Outfit were the first to hear their newest single ‘Swam Out’ live over a Skype call. Andrew Hunt personally took calls from all over the country whilst playing the track over and over on a loop via an original way of premiering a new song. The pianist and singer answered the fans and – with it being individual calls – people were able to listen to the song in a rare, intense and intimate setting online. The idea was for fans to get a rough indication of the lagged conversations and slow connections that the band experienced throughout forming basic ideas for the track and speaking with loved ones from around the world.
Last year began with the band being scattered between three cities, separating them from those they love the most, creating a reality of isolation. This translates itself into the genius complication of ‘Swam Out’ which sets out to capture the feeling of distance, both physically and emotionally.
‘Swam Out is the closing track on Outfit’s upcoming album, Slowness, which is released on 15 June via Memphis Industries. The album contains the trademark rhythm section so well known by Outfit fans, but also seems to strongly focus upon the feelings of distance between lovers, attempting to encapsulate the moments which mean so much to those in love.
Having received acclaim from the likes of The Guardian and Time Out, and having won Steve Lamacq’s ‘Rebel Playlist’ on 6Music, Outfit are undoubtedly talented, with their music being a dark horse to watch for as it creeps into and up the charts.
Download Slowness here. And you can catch Outfit live over the summer:
6 June – Parklife Festival, Manchester
7 June – Field Day Festival, London
18 June – The Kazimer, Liverpool
17 July – Latitude Festival, Beccles