“Swim”, the debut single from Detroit-based rock quartet Century Babes uses seamless harmonies, buzzing guitars, and infectious hooks to create an intoxicating summer breeze, making it easy to imagine yourself in the middle of shimmering seafoam. It also offers an incredible first glimpse into upcoming album, Visionary, which is due out later this year.
Reminiscent of and drawing heavy influence from Japanese alt rock band, The Pillows, Century Babes call upon an audible, hazy lagoon to capture that fleeting feeling of summer bliss. With music recorded and produced by bassist and vocalist Elise McCoy (My Pal Val), the group also comprises Douglas Darkwater, Dan David, and Tom Virga.
While “Swim” has power pop elements, new wave flairs, and subtle 90s rock nuisances, the staring element is with the song’s composition and production. Completely written, recorded, and produced in a neighboring suburb of Detroit, it’s definitely best listened to with headphones on, or driving with the windows down. There’s an ebb and flow that refuses to be overlooked, resulting in a beautifully polished piece of music that delivers on so many levels.
The perfect soundtrack for the summer swelter, the band has a music video to coincide with the single. Watch it below and find out more about Century Babes here.