On Friday 8th May 2020, Swimmers Jackson will release his long-awaited debut album, ‘Murmuration’.
Opening with the poignant and timely ‘Summer’s Herald’ leading into ‘Summer’s Here’ and ‘Believe’, it’s instantly easy to hear why music journalist Brian Coney (Editor, The Thin Air) recently described Swimmers Jackson as having, “a country-spanning, genre-flaunting track record of digging deep to deliver something brimming with pathos and intent.”
The latest single from the album, a calming, melodic track called ‘Bliss’, was released in March of this year. A song about enjoying the simple things in life, it resonated with listeners across Ireland and the UK gaining airplay on the likes of BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Ulster, RTÉ Radio 1, 2FM, Today FM, Cork’s 96fm, Dublin’s 98fm and 8 Radio, to name a few.
Other tracks from the album that have been released including ‘Pain in the Heart’ and ‘Life’s Short (Embrace It)’ have done well with Spotify listeners, amassing numbers in the tens of thousands.
Of the album title, Swimmers Jackson (AKA Niall Jackson) says: “‘Murmuration’ is not only my favourite word in the English language, but also one of the most beautiful sights seen in the sky. The behaviour exhibited when a flock of starling are foraging or in flight sometimes feels like it echoes the coming together of all the different decisions we make in life, personally or musically.”
As an album, ‘Murmuration’ also displays several different sides. Over its duration it opens up to reveal itself – from the stripped back feel of its beginnings to the more indie/emo sound of the final few tracks.
The beautiful artwork for ‘Murmuration’, an original painting, also by Jackson, perfectly captures the album’s mood of pausing to find joy in the everyday.
Formerly a three-piece, Jackson released two EPs under the name ‘Swimmers’, (‘Swimmer’s Year’ 2013, ‘This Burning Circus’ 2015). After moving to London with no bandmates, he was left reconfiguring Swimmers songs back into solo versions. This new found confidence led to the recording of nine new songs between 2017-2019. Singles creeping out as seen fit, before the debut album ‘Murmuration’ finally sees the light of day this May 8th 2020.
His influences include Elliott Smith, early Weezer (emphasis on early), Andy Shauf, Stephen Malkmus, David Berman, Cat Power, Villagers, So Cow, Pixies and R.E.M.
Jackson’s other acts Bouts & Sweat Threats continue to enjoy success and have toured the UK, Europe, and North America, opening for the likes of Johnny Marr, Cloud Nothings, Yuck and P.U.S.A. In January 2019 Bouts released a new album ‘Flow’.
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