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Big Swimmer

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Big Swimmer

Second full-length album from the Liverpool indie rock duo Hannah Merrick and Craig Whittle featuring a gust appearance from Sharon Van Etten

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  1. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Stylistically, thematically, and energetically, they cover substantial ground. Also, while the set brims with a sense of unrest and dislocation, it also rouses an implicit exuberance: though we suffer profoundly, art is redemptive, life is inexplicably beautiful
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    As storytellers, Merrick and Whittle are exceptional at making every breath count. Vowels drag, imagery simmers and the spaces between strums and utterances are ripe with vibrations — infusing these songs with the unshakable feeling that something drastic is always right around the corner
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    While Big Swimmer isn't especially hooky or melodic or cathartic, it is mesmerizing, and performed with an actor's command of an audience, a playwright's turn of phrase, and an expert sense of guitar tones -- as well as an enviable, intangible coolness
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Lyrically, it's Merrick's diary of their delirious reaction to that vast continent, such as the sublime desolation of Somewhere near El Paso, bathed in "a half-lit Denny's sign", or Lily Pad, where Merrick, sounding almost horizontal. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Liverpool’s King Hannah reference indie rock contemporaries on Big Swimmer but advance their sound through unique soundscapes that stand on their own
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  6. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Big Swimmer doesn’t feel rushed or hurried. There’s space to let the songs breathe, to let them seep into your bones, to cast their spell, making it a hugely rewarding and often soothing listen
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  7. 7.0 |   Far Out

    The influence of the gritty guitar music that preceded them is in almost every strum and every shrugged lyric
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  8. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    At its best, Hannah Merrick’s stream-of-consciousness songwriting feels like sitting shotgun with her as she crosses the country, taking in the sublime and the absurd in equal measure
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