'Swimmer' is the second album by Discodeine (French producers Cedric
Marszewski and Benjamin Morando). Their eponymously titled first album,
released in 2011 was notable for its crisp, bouncy beats and (on 'Synchronize')
a joyously daft vocal contribution from Jarvis Cocker; clearly enjoying himself!)
This collection of ten new inventions mines pretty much the same territory
and is none the worse off for that. Messrs M & M have a deft rhythmic sense,
sometimes channeling the likes of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club in stripped-
down percussive arrangements which (especially the twitchy opening number
'Seabox') get under your skin very quickly and makes it difficult not to wiggle.
There's not much variation in their contribution to the electronic dance genre
(the vocals, occasionally delivered by Kevin Parker from Tame Impala are a tad
lacklustre) but all-in-all it would probably keep a party crowd moving and panting.
Occasionally something a little darker emerges to tweak our attention; the
simple but eerie melodic fragments of 'Sip Slow' communicate a somewhat sinister
charm but things are never really better than when the boys are getting down
to a bit of sonic tom-foolery. 'Liquid Sky', with its persistent 70's disco hi-hat
and disembodied vocal squeaks and squawks, is an especially perky invention.
Worth a listen.