New album: Options || Swimming Feeling

Seth Engel is one productive human being. He engineers (Pinegrove, Floatie, NNAMDÏ, Ratboys, Mister Goblin, C.H.E.W., and Stress Positions are just some of the band he worked with), he tours (with bands like Water From Your Eyes, NNAMDÏ, Pet Symmetry, Mister Goblin, and Lifted Bells), and then there is his solo work. His latest record Swimming Feeling is his 7th under the Options moniker.

I missed the first six, so I have no idea how it stacks up against his previous output. But I’m enjoying the multiplex yet accessible Swimming Feeling. It’s a dynamic indie rock record with stop start rhythms and soft loud variations, but above all a display of many talents harboring many influences. It reminds me of Field Music, but more ballsy and with touches of US emo and math rock. Vocally, there definitely is some powerpop sensibility not unlike 2nd Grade.

Swimming Feeling is out now digitally and on Cassette.

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