Night Swim is an album that is clearly concerned with relationships. In fact, it has the distinct feel of a breakup album with the songs documenting the emotional turmoil, maladaptive coping, and tumultuous recovery process that follows the dissolution of a romantic entanglement. Despite this clear theme, Night Swim
lacks an ineffable coherence that would mark it as a concept album. But perhaps this isn’t a bad thing, concept albums are fraught with dangers for the artists who create them, from alienating the audience through to displaying that the artist simply doesn’t have the chops to pull it off.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 17th February 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.