Swimwear, the solo project of Tim Derricourt (Dappled Cities), is thrilled to announce the arrival of its anticipated debut album Night Air today. A concept album inspired by Richard Yates’ 1962 novel Revolutionary Road and its images of suburban yearning and self-destruction, the seven expansive tracks chart the explosive origins and slow disintegration of a relationship, capturing feelings of midnight isolation and a world beckoning beyond.
Moving away from the upbeat ‘80s pop of his first three EPs (The Kissing Machine, Low Summer, High Summer) Swimwear opted for a more atmospheric mood for the album, drawing on influences like The Blue Nile, Majical Cloudz and Brian Eno to craft an ambient, misty world that incandescently reflects feelings of seclusion and uncertainty alongside shiny glimmers of hope. From the wobbly disco of first single ‘Happyness’, to the expansive title track, the record showcases a more introspective side to Derricourt’s songwriting.
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“A long while ago, I sat down to write the next Swimwear record and was distracted by a novel I was reading at the time: Revolutionary Road. As a songwriting experiment, I wrote a song from the perspective of April, the long suffering and entrapped 1950s housewife of the novel, struggling against suburban oppressions and dreaming of a wild life. That song (Night Air), flew out of me and so I wrote another, this time from the perspective of Frank, her well-meaning but deluded husband. Over the next few weeks/months, I polished off over 30 tracks linked to, and expanding upon this fictional world. I then whittled it down, painstakingly, to what you are about to hear: Night Air.” – Tim Derricourt, Swimwear
Each song on the album navigates a new chapter in Derricourt’s fictional world, taking the listener from nights out (Happyness) and promises of first love (Funny Bones) to suburban discontent (Funny Bones – Part II) and moonlit escapes (Night Air / Time To
Move On). Yet, after all the heartache and self-destruction, the album closes with an acknowledgement of the need for pain (It Must Be Love) and the chance of starting again (Wild Heart). An album that demands listening in full, and on repeat, Night Air builds a story of the joy and heartbreak of a great love, charting the push and pull between suburban comfort, the idyllic quiet life, and the desire for more, through for wilder dreaming, on the road, out in the world, away from all you know. An album wrapped up in a hazy soundscape of love burning and burnt out love, of life after midnight with nowhere to go and no one expecting you back. Plug in and drift away.
Night Air LP is out now via Believe
Spotify / iTunes / Apple Music / Bandcamp
Night Air Credits:
Written, recorded and produced by Tim Derricourt
Recorded and Mixed by Luke Bertoz at Ice Cream Alley
Mastered by William Bowden
© Swimwear 2020
Released by Believe Digital Pty Ltd.