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Disorienting Symphony: Moscow Room’s “Swim”

There’s something wonderful about being knocked off balance. Tokyo trio Moscow Room create something disorienting on “Swim,” a number really maximizing space and sudden noise better than most numbers I’ve heard in 2018. Everything starts like its coming out of a seashell, the vocals and synths just out of reach. But as everything lurches forward, this feeling of being far away works as a way to turn everything unsettling, with the electronics picking up in intensity and turning “Swim” into something downright claustrophobic. And then those moments of pause come up, offering respite…only to let chipmunked voices in to disorient the whole thing. Listen above.