Swimm release long-awaited debut album ‘Sentimental Porno’

Album Review Review
7.3

ICM Rating

East LA psych-pop outfit, Swimm have released their long-awaited debut album ‘Sentimental Porno’ (June 5) and as you can guess from the title, sex is a common theme throughout.

For almost a year, fans have anxiously awaited the debut LP, a collection of eleven tracks that range from the serene to the full-on psychedelic. The record puts the band’s diversity on full display, painting the picture of a trio of disciplined songwriters (Chris Hess, Adam Winn and Hany Zayan) have had the perfect balance of free rein and meticulous thinking.

The focus track from the album, ‘Wasted’ is the most psychedelic track on the album. It’s a groovy track that burns slowly in the riffs.

The result is a slacker rock album that will encourage listeners to consume as one piece – bucking the current trend of albums as a loosely connected collection of disposable singles.

Chris Hess (Vocals/Guitar) talks about the catalytic album title for Sentimental Porno: “Sex is a common thread through this album.  Sometimes vulnerable and beautiful. Other times dark and weird and unfulfilling.  

“Nonetheless, it is one vessel that seems to carry us in and out of the big L bomb… Love.  With this album, we wanted to create something that mirrored both sides.

“Once we attempted that musically, it seemed appropriate to carry out the theme visually. So we began by approaching it literally.  We would stage something that could look like a scene from a porn set.”

– featured image by Alex Nelson –

Sentimental Porno Track Listing:
1. First Time
2. Easy Way Out
3. Wasted
4. True Romance
5. Kim K
6. Bedrooms
7. Uh Huh
8. Love You Down
9. Speak Politely
10. Windows
11. 1000 Lovers

Tour Dates
June 9th – Santa Ynez, CA @ Jones Fest
June 21st – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
August 9th – Los Angeles, CA @ Levitt Pavilion

Good

  • Psychedelic
  • Groovy

Bad

  • Lacks flow

Summary

The result is a slacker rock album that will encourage listeners to consume as one piece – bucking the current trend of albums as a loosely connected collection of disposable singles.
7.3

ICM Rating