Almost five years after the release of their debut EP Death Deserves a Name, Can’t Swim are in a different place in 2020 than they were in 2016, in more ways than one. Having moved from relative obscurity to a household name within their genre, Can’t Swim are set to release their next EP, Someone Who Isn’t Me, via Pure Noise Records on December 4, 2020.
Not only has the band’s prominence increased in recent years, stylistic expansion and experimentation are evident in abundance on Someone Who Isn’t Me. Unlike the guitar-driven rock of previous releases, the band’s new EP is much more laid back and integrates more electronic beats and acoustic arrangements than previous releases.
The trademark gravel-laden vocals of frontman Chris LoPorto are replaced by a quieter, gentler, but no less earnest approach. Some might find the material on Someone Who Isn’t Me unrecognizable as coming from the same band that released Death Deserves a Name. The discerning ear, however, will appreciate Someone Who Isn’t Me as representative of Can’t Swim pushing their musical boundaries so as to become more versatile.
Can’t Swim have produced five new tracks on their own terms and have soared to new musical heights in the process.