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Svalbard Lean Into Clean Vocals On New Single “How To Swim Down”


Svalbard have shared “How To Swim Down” as the third single from their next studio album “The Weight Of The Mask“. The song’s premiere is accompanied by a video animated by Boy Tillkens. Notably the track features only clean vocals, marking a first for the band.

Vocalist/guitarist Serena Cherry commented:

“This song is about the exquisite pain and sorrowful beauty of unrequited love. I think it’s the saddest, most heart-breaking song we’ve ever written. Lyrically, the starting point of the verse is about concealment of adoration, before the chorus gives way to realising and accepting a fate of loving someone quietly from afar.

I cannot watch the music video for How To Swim Down without crying. Boy has captured the bittersweet emotion of the song so delicately, it’s an incredibly moving piece of animation to watch.

Musically, How To Swim Down saw us dive into unchartered waters with Liam adding many layers of mournful violin parts onto the track. Finally, violins – for the first time in Svalbard history! It feels so exciting to have new instruments on a song. Another first is that How To Swim Down features only clean vocals, no screams.

I wanted the vocal delivery of these lyrics to feel as though I’m whispering a secret to someone whilst they’re sleeping. My vocals here represent that lonely type of communication, singing to yourself in an empty house. It’s a private, selfless love song, where only the listener knows of my heartache.”

The Weight Of The Mask” is scheduled for an October 06th release through Nuclear Blast.

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