Swim Until You Can’t See Land

I’ve been fairly vocal for my love of Frightened Rabbit since falling in love with The Midnight Organ Fight last year.  The Scottish rock group reigned at the top of my 2008 list with Bon Iver, and I’ve been longing for new material ever since.

Fortunately, Off the Beaten Tracks, a Edinburgh-located musical project in the vein of La Blogotheque, recently recorded a three-song session with lead singer Scott Hutchison.  The second performance was a brand new unreleased track called “Swim Until You Can’t See Land,” which reportedly was taken from the recording sessions “currently going on in deepest, darkest Fife, [as] one of the possibles for the new album, due next year.”

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The loud helicopter overhead resulted in less than desirable sound quality, but I’m fully confident this song will rock in a full band studio setting.  I’ve yet to see the band live, but the Glasgow quartet only receive glowing reviews in that department as well.  The recent live album, Liver! Lung! FR!, coupled with the band’s Daytrotter session, provide the necessary supportive evidence and I can’t wait to finally see them in Chicago during the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival in July.

Recorded in the home studio of long-time National producer Peter Katis and released in April 2008, The Midnight Organ Fight predominantly focuses on the death of a relationship.  Given my “emo” beginnings, it’s easy to see how the album immediately resonated with me personally.

Aching, soulful, therapeutic, plus so many other beautiful descriptors that I will let you discover on your own, this album can’t come more highly recommended.  Please refer to “My Backwards Walk” for one of many reasons why you need to buy the album immediately**:

**Fans of the lyrically similar The National might prefer listening to the live version with the “Fake Empire” introduction.

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