Five piece Canadian outfit Midday Swim, have released their melodic debut single 'Summer Eyes', in anticipation of their EP set to drop in 2015. It's a timely affair, with Australian summer a mere week and a shake away – this could well be the anthem of every beach goers holiday. It's a beautifully crafted track by this Indie Pop Rock quintet, and one designed with an impetus for you to press repeat, over and over again.
Its strikingly elegant and laid-back composition lends itself masterfully to lead singer David Krygier-Baum's vocals, who advises the band surprisingly formed mid this year. "A few of us had been in a couple bands together before so it feels really natural to all be playing together." He explains the band have been "friends for a very long time, most of us grew up in the same neighbourhood and went to the same schools."
The band have set the benchmark high both musically and visually, with the film clip shot by LA based filmmaker Noam Kroll and photography by friend Gerrit Atkinson. Bass player Craig Saltz advises, "our friend Noam Kroll directed our debut music video, "Summer Eyes" The music video premiered on Exclaim! and we had a lot of fun making it. [Gerrit Atkinson's] photography really helped to capture the spirit of the video."
As a cinematographer and colourist, the quality of Kroll's production and palette of the clip are quite remarkable, as does Atkinson's stills shots. Saltz is enthusiastic about their paint battle scene, the major narrative of the filmclip, "[it] was one of the best times we had that day!"
As the band is all based in Toronto (Stephan Ermel - Keyboards, Vocals, Sebastian Shinwell - Guitar, Vocals, Max Trefler - Drums), they rehearse downtown and "we usually get together and write at one of our homes". He laughingly adds that Toronto has an "awesome music scene, there are always shows happening around the city. Come by and check it out sometime!"
With Saltz producing the songs the from the EP, Krygier-Baum advises the drums were recorded "at Villa Sound in Collingwood, [Ontario] and tracked the rest of the album at a cottage in the Kawartha Lakes, Canada." It was during the recording of the EP, the aptly titled 'Midday Swim' moniker was formed. "Our band name, Midday Swim was said by Craig's girlfriend during the recording of our EP, at a cottage in Ontario, and everything felt just right."
The band are excited about the debut single and more so the release of the EP. Reflecting he adds, "when we would take breaks during recording at the cottage, we would sit around the bonfire and come up with cool ways to record the guitars, or vocals. It was a really special time." It's not hard to see why, the stunning landscape serves as a picturesque backdrop, and it's no doubt one in which the band is set to rise. Summer Eyes will pop this summer.