By Devin Duckworth | December 2nd, 2011
Swansea Recreation Centre is a band scattered around East London. Apparently none of them have been to Wales or have any idea what the recreation centre in Swansea might look like, but they have notion that this may or may not be what it sounds like.
“First Time European” is part of SRC’s three-track EP, Hi Tom / Hey Tom Blood. It appears to draw some sort of inspiration from 80s pop with its gloomier vocals and synthy electronics. From start to finish, the electronic rotations of the track flow from bright beats to a more downhearted tempo. I can’t say that I hate the fluctuation but it’s definitely a track that will grow on you after a couple of listens.
According to This Music Wins, Hi Tom / Hey Tom Blood is evidently part of a forthcoming larger body of work called The Woahcean, which focuses thematically around “things like the Atlantic, the people and experiences we will inevitably forget, and a little of how smells work.” You can check out a catalog of free releases at SRC’s Bandcamp.
The video for “First Time European” is a bleak assortment of gritty footage taken from independent films “F For Fake” by Orson Welles and “Stranger Than Paradise” by Jim Jarmusch.