Olympic Swimmers - No Flags Will Fly
Less than original but still worthwhile Scottish post-rock debut
The fact Olympic Swimmers’ debut album arrives in a summer when their Google search rankings might not be the best isn’t their biggest hindrance to standing out. Situated between the pillars of Scottish alternative music – Idlewild’s shrewd melodies, Mogwai’s swarm-of-bees soundscapes, The Delgados’ off-kilter pop – this Glasgow quintet can’t help but seem slightly heard-it-all-before.
But an album made with this much passion and precision deserves to be judged on its own merit, and in that regard it’s a triumph. Susie Smillie’s balmy voice soothes their thundery post-rock storms, while a glorious ‘Apples and Pears’ chills the blood with cascades of chiming guitars like only great Scottish bands can.