Remember how I wrote that post about branching out of the top 40 comfort zone and finding new artists to follow and music to be passionate about that your friends and family might not be familiar with? Well, I would like to introduce you to one of my favorites, Swimming With Dolphins.
My fascination with one man bands started with my introduction to the “Fireflies guy”, formally known in the industry as Owl City. I could spend entire posts (and might in the future) discussing why I believe that Owl City (also known as Adam Young) is a musical genius. But this is about one of his friends, Austin Tofte, who makes cool electronic music as Swimming With Dolphins.
It all started with a little EP known as Ambient Blue, which he worked on with Adam (he’s the other guy on the album cover). Here are a few of my favorite tracks:
That’s a little bit different from your everyday pop fluff, isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong – the occasional use of Top 40 hits adds spice to any playlist, but sometimes you just want something that isn’t on the radio all the time.
In 2011, he released a full-length record, Water Colours, which is absolutely brilliant (in my completely biased opinion). You can listen to the entire record here if you do not have Spotify.
Diplomat – so accurate to my life right now
Captured – another quality tune
If you’re noticing that he hasn’t released new music in a while, and you want to hear more, rejoice, for there is an upcoming new record called Catharsis which we will hopefully see sometime in the next few months. (This is a hint, Austin.)
Here’s a preview track – Troms (Gorgeous, right?)
Hopefully this is enough to capture your attention and to check this guy out.
Here is another alternative link for the non-Spotify readers.