Can’t Swim are at it again with a surprise EP drop, When the Dust Settles, out as of May 6, 2020 via Pure Noise Records. This effort revisits four of the band’s more popular songs, and if you haven’t listened to Can’t Swim, or need a reason to give them another chance, I strongly recommend this EP as it unveils a softer side to the band’s discography. Can’t Swim have been killing it with music releases, putting out a new EP/LP every year since signing to Pure Noise in 2016.
Opening up the EP, “sometimes you meet the right people at the wrong times” features piano that is emotionally intense, creating a unique tone for the band and is a refreshing change from what I’m used to hearing from them.
“Death Deserves a Name,” the title track from their 2016 EP, is relaxing and mesmerizing with an intro that is steady and calm, picking up tempo toward the finish line. “Stranger,” from 2017’s Fail You Again, may take reign over the original as heavy rock songs are easy to come by but a nice, solid acoustic rendition can change the game.
Rounding off the four-song effort, “My Queen,” from 2018’s This Too Won’t Pass, is my standout track. The strings are on point, and as a band geek I appreciate the sharp instrumentals.
An EP of reimagined songs, I enjoyed When the Dust Settles just as much as the band’s previous efforts. Help support the music community during these difficult times with music streams, purchases, merch and more. Click here to check out other items from Can’t Swim, in addition to the new EP.