The Art Of Pretending To Swim
on o’brien’s fourth studio album, he excels at creating feverish moods while writing effortlessly accessible tunes, making it the perfect entrypoint for newcomers and raising the bar for what old fans should expect of him.
This record reconnects with the multi-faceted approach of ‘Becoming A Jackal’ and ‘Awayland’, while adding a new-found soulfulness, rhythmic nous and dazzling panoply of sonic detail, both analogue and digital. Balanced with subtle aspects and lyrical themes that embrace existential fears and hopes in this desperate, technologically-centred dystopian age, this is his most brilliantly realised album to date. “conor o’brien dials down the intensity. The listener reaps the rewards” 4/5 – mojo. ***the deluxe lp exclusively includes a Red vinyl 10” of a 12-minute version of ‘Ada’ and B-side ‘This Is The Art Of Pretending To Swim’***
- A Trick Of The Light
- Sweet Saviour
- Long Time Waiting
- Love Came With All That It Brings
- Real Go-Getter
- Hold Me Down
The indies-only deluxe Version includes Red vinyl 10” of a 12-minute version of ‘Ada’ and B-side ‘This Is The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ .