Chances are Glasgow's Olympic Swimmers won't knock you out, over or for the proverbial loop. But that's OK. Led by unassuming frontwoman Susie Smillie, their particular brand of tuneful, jangling indie (sm)art/pop has been done countless times before as fellow Scots Delgados, Admiral Fallow and Zoey Van Goey can attest. Despite the crowded field - even in their own backyard - No Flags Will Fly, the Swimmer's recent debut album, manages to not only stand on its own but hit a decent number of sweet spots as well. Propulsive single "Knots" has been garnering some well deserved attention from the likes of The Guardian's Paul Lester but we think there are some equally fine moments to be found in the powerful album opener "Father Said", a lovely jumble of glistening guitar lines and Smillie's vulnerable vocals, as well as the bouncy three-minute electro-pop gem "Fallen Trees" and shoe-gazey ballad "Mt Noah". Stream No Flags Will Fly at Bandcamp.
Olympics Swimmers - "Father Said" (from No Flags Will Fly)
Olympics Swimmers - "Knots" (from No Flags Will Fly)