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Music Review: The Swimmers – People Are Soft

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The Swimmers’ sophomore album, People Are Soft, is an entertaining indie rock album from a promising up-and-coming band.

Hailing from Philadelphia, this four-piece band sought to reinvent themselves after their 2008 debut on MAD Dragon Records, Fighting Trees. By building a home studio and recording People Are Soft entirely on their own, husband and wife duo Steve and Krista Yutzy-Burkey, and their bandmates Scott French and Rick Sieber, have done just that.

The tracks on this album are diverse in both lyrical content and sound.The synthesizers get a healthy workout on the album opener, “Shelter.” This track is a great kick-off, as it’s melodic hook and laid back lyrics pave the way for the finely tuned indie rock opus that is to follow. “A Hundred Hearts” has a hypnotic melody that begs listeners to sing along as they are lulled into a captivating trance. On “Drug Party” the guitar is distorted and the drums heavily resound as lead singer Steve Yutzy-Burkey tells of a euphoric dream sequence. “Give Me the Sun” is an ecstatic electro-pop anthem that builds towards a sweeping instrumental bridge. An involved bass line accompanies the quiet verses on “Nervous Wreck” before the triumphant chorus erupts.

People Are Soft contains eleven songs, and the total running time clocks in just over thirty-six minutes long. This is a well-paced, easy to digest album that has a very suitable running time. The songs are well-refined and mixed properly with one minor qualm. Clarity is at times more difficult than it should be. On certain tracks I struggled to make out what the singers were saying.

Reminiscent of early Death Cab for Cutie, People Are Soft is a very listenable album from a talented quartet of earnest musicians. The lyrics are intensely personal, and the final product benefits from this vulnerability.

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