|DON’T BREAK THE SPELL|
I’LL NEVER TELL
WHY WE WON’T DROWN
IF WE SWIM DOWN…
|Svalbard have released the third singlefrom their forthcomingnew studio album, The Weight Of The Mask, due out on October 6th. The track titled ‘How To Swim Down‘ is Svalbard‘s most unique and moving work to-date, featuring heart-rending, ethereal violin parts from Liam Phelan, and aprofound vocal performance from Serena Cherry.|
The track is accompanied by a beautiful animated video, created by Boy Tillkens. The heart-breaking animation is a delicate portrayal of humanity, detailing the tenderness and strength found in existence.
Svalbard‘s Serena Cherry commented,
“This song is about the exquisite pain and sorrowful beauty of unrequited love. I think it’s the saddest, most heart-breaking song we’ve ever written. Lyrically, the starting point of the verse is about concealment of adoration, before the chorus gives way to realising and accepting a fate of loving someone quietly from afar.
I cannot watch the music video for How To Swim Down without crying. Boy has captured the bittersweet emotion of the song so delicately, it’s an incredibly moving piece of animation to watch.
Musically, How To Swim Down saw us dive into unchartered waters with Liam adding many layers of mournful violin parts onto the track. Finally, violins – for the first time in Svalbard history! It feels so exciting to have new instruments on a song. Another first is that How To Swim Down features only clean vocals, no screams. I wanted the vocal delivery of these lyrics to feel as though I’m whispering a secret to someone whilst they’re sleeping. My vocals here represent that lonely type of communication, singing to yourself in an empty house. It’s a private, selfless love song, where only the listener knows of my heartache.”
Pre-order The Weight Of The Mask + stream ‘How To Swim Down‘ HERE
Watch the ‘How To Swim Down‘ video HERE