One of the most original sounds coming out of Hamilton, ON/Leeds, UK New Hands’ newest single “Swimming” is the band’s first step back into the scene since 2012.
The track is a swirl of droning vocals and dreamy sounds that make you feel like you’re being whisked away to an electro-fantasyland under the sea.
New Hands has such a unique sound because of the band’s ability to use all of the sounds. (Okay, not all of the sounds, but a lot of them). The five guys have shown their ability to use guitars, synth, percussion, bass, keyboard, and awesome baritone vocals to make hugely danceable tunes.
Spence Newell offers up some vocals like some may have never heard before. His sound is like the growl of Samuel T. Herring’s (Future Islands) with a little bit of Matt Berringer’s (The National) velvety, masculine sound.
New Hands have a inimitable, very smooth sound. It’s the type of music you can groove to, or you can play just to relax on a rainy day. The versatility of the boys’ skills on their instruments is translated in the versatility of the music that they produce.
They haven’t been too heavy into the music scene for a couple of years, taking time to focus on various other artistic endeavors, but the release of this single makes it pretty clear that producing music is just like riding a bike for these guys. They certainly haven’t lost their touch or their definitive mark on the scene.
Also check out a remix of the track by KwikFiks, a producer and DJ out of Toronto.