Swimming Bell shares ‘Got Things’ animated video
Debut album Wild Sight out now on Adventure Club Records
Announces UK tour
To celebrate the release of her debut album and the announcement of her first UK tour, Swimming Bell (the solo project of Brooklyn-based folk singer Katie Schottland) has shared an animated video for her single ‘Got Things’. Schottland says of the track, “the song was inspired by a poem I had written in college inspired by my first true love. He being a musician himself became my muse for much of my writings at the time. The song was written while sitting on the edge of my bed one night deep in the winter.”
June 9 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
June 14 – Leeds, UK – Private Show
June 15 – Sheffield, UK – Syd And Mallory
June 16 – Huddersfield, UK – Northern Quarter
June 17 – Birmingham, UK – Kitchen Garden Cafe
June 20 – L’international Paris, France
June 21 – Limoges, FR – Fête de la Musique 2019
June 22 – Cinema de bort, Bort les Orges, France
June 23 – London, UK – The Slaughtered Lamb
July 13 – Somerville, MA – ArtBeat Festival
August 2 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
August 25 – Providence, RI – Providence Folk Festival
More dates TBA
Working with Oli Deakin (Lowpines) as collaborator and producer, her debut album Wild Sight was recorded in various locations in the UK and finished in New York. Building on the layered harmonies and classic melodies of her first recordings,Wild Sight sees Schottland explore more expansive and emotive soundscapes, more lush instrumentation, moments of great intimacy and of epic psyche-folk.
Schottland began to write songs after she broke her foot in the fall of 2015, learning some basic chords by teaching herself to play Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”. Having had no musical training she approached writing melodies and progressions by ear, and soon had some ideas sketched out for her first songs. Always moved by layered vocal harmonies, she began to imagine the multiple vocal layers that would form much of her debut EP The Golden Heart, which she recorded with Oli Deakin in London in 2017.
Following its release, she began touring extensively, and developed different ways of realizing the soundscapes and textures of the record as a solo live show, using just her voice, guitar and some pedals.Taking inspiration from these new sounds and from life on the road, she began writing the songs that would form Wild Sight in summer 2017. Traveling to the UK, recording began in early 2018 and continued through the spring as the songs and recordings developed together.
Wild Sight by Swimming Bell is out now on Adventure Club Records.