Emerging indie anthemist, Felix Hill pens a show-stopping plea for love to last just one night longer with new single…
Felix Hill – Swim Deep
Sadness is only one side of a well-worn coin and heart-melting, colossal chorus-conjuring indie newcomer, Felix Hill flips to the side of intense hope, singing along the tight rope of deluded romantic misadventure for his latest release – the stormy, emotive swirl of live-favourite single, Swim Deep – OUT NOW on Everybody’s Records.
Churning up front rows of young audiences in his Manchester back yard and on a recent spate of London live outings, the track’s room-filling opening hooks, heartbeat-thump percussion and grab-a-mate peaks of churning, sing-a-long melody firmly cements the foundation 20-year-old singer-songwriter’s ascending reputation. Quietly confident, softly-spoken and effortlessly stage-commanding, Hill’s latest, perhaps greatest, release follows the studied gentility of last month’s ode to loss, Safe and Sound with an energetic blast of the full band dynamic that brings more fans to his door, gig-by-gig.
Flicking at speed through a rotating cast of influences, the carousel stops most obviously at Hill’s deep admiration of Jeff Buckley for listeners grasping to find the roots of his blossomed songwriting. At the same time, and most potently on Swim Deep, Hill lines up the field-filling, everyperson-pleasing mega-indie-disco-dancefloor-filling charms of the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Sam Fender to move bodies and stir souls.
Written when he was just 18-years old, Hill says of the song: “This one is an optimistic plea, sung from the perspective of a fragile couple, just to throw all differences aside and truly enjoy life, even if it is only for one night”
Swim Deep follows Safe and Sound out of sessions at London’s Eastcote Studios as Hill left his native Bolton to embrace the possibilities that the capital had reached out to him to offer. Sessions with producer, George Murphy (Yungblud, Bleach Lab, Hotel Lux) occurred at a rapid pace with Hill performing the bulk of the instrumentation across the two tracks, appearing as a limited take specialist from the very start. Years of self-recording, assembling a live band and arranging his songs for the stage, starting as a mid-teen, paid off when the time came to be immersed in studio process.
The track is blessed with the talents of Dan McDougall on drums and piano, having performed similarly with Sam Ryder and Baby Queen, also touring the world as Liam Gallagher’s regular drummer.
While firmly rooted in the England’s talent hotbed of the North West, studying in Liverpool while handpicking full band shows between major cities, Hill’s songs, rooted in his imagination and desire for escape into lives he can conjure up beyond his own, have drawn significant audiences to The Windmill in Brixton and the East End’s The Old Blue Last in recent months. More shows for 2023 going into 2024 to build on the momentum that new music has generated are to be announced soon.
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.