Last Night From Glasgow have released Out of the Swim‘s new EP, Machine, with the imprint Hive. The Falkirk/Glasgow based Indietronica four piece have paired with haunted and ethereal vocals from award winning artist Canadian artist Laura Hickli (in the photo above). Using melodic combinations of piano, bass, acoustic guitar and drums, tied together with enticing lyrics by Hickli, these five musicians continue to challenge themselves while staying true to their mantra, “songs for folk who feel like they’re swimming against the current” Dickson Telfer from the band spoke with The Fountain about collaborating with Laura Hickli and plans for further in the year.

TF: You have a new EP out, what can we expect from Machine?

The Machine EP is a transatlantic collaboration with the wonderful Laura Hickli, an award winning baroque-pop artist from Calgary in Western Canada, where one of Out of the Swim used to live. In today’s crazy world where it’s more important than ever to be aware of self-care, the title track is a haunting warning about the dangers of burnout. It will be released as a Double A side 7” vinyl in November, sharing the wax with Crocodile by the fantastic Deer Leader, whose introspective soundscapes complement Machine nicely.

TF: How would you sum up the EP in one sentence?

Ethereal vocals that float over the top of piano melodies and a steady rhythm section that tell dark stories with undercurrents of optimism.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

We plan on spending the rest of the year finishing our album, which is due to be released next year on Last Night From Glasgow’s Hive imprint. COVID has stopped our live rehearsals but most of the album is written and some of it is recorded, so it’s just a case of waiting until we can get back into the studio to put it altogether.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

The pianist from the band has not long returned to Scotland after ten years living in Canada so we haven’t gigged together for a long time, although we probably would’ve done by now if it wasn’t for COVID. Places we’d love to play include the Voodoo Rooms, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy and the Old Hairdressers. In an ideal world, we’d be playing the Liquid Rooms and the Barras and festivals like Eden, Doune the Rabbit Hole and Kendal Calling.

Machine is out now, via Last Night From Glasgow