An undertow of maddened menace runs all the way through. ‘Sip Slow’ is gothic and foreboding, with tom-toms rattling over swelling bass and a chiming haunted-house riff. Even in its poppiest moments it all feels vaguely unnerving: the sunny-eyed, synthy chorus of ‘Dry By’ suddenly collapses into dissonant bleeps and garbled vocal samples, coming off like Hot Chip on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Still, though it’s not without its demented charm, ‘Swimmer’ suffers from a chronic lack of solid-gold grooves. The bubbling, off-kilter bassline of ‘Liquid Sky’ gets things moving toward the tail end, but most of the tracks shuffle along at a listless mid-tempo. It’s a vast improvement on the debut, but that isn’t really saying much.
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