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New Music: Swimming Lessons

Nicola Sloan


Swimming Lessons is the musical moniker of 24-year-old Leeds based musician Ben Lewis. The sound of Swimming Lessons is vast, pleasant and experimental, with a focus on creating waves of sound. Lewis has cited influences as diverse as Animal Collective, Arthur Russell, James Murphy and David Byrne, and the resultant music offers the listener a dose of floaty, ethereal dream pop layered above subtle, pulsing electronica. New track “Double” is particularly pleasant, and seems destined to appear as the soundtrack for a feel-good summer ad.

Lewis has long been involved in the Leeds music scene and unlike your typical one-man bedroom producer-type, live performances have always been central to his act. He has full control over every aspect of Swimming Lessons, not just writing and performing alone but also producing the artwork, visuals and videos. His live stints have impressed so much that he has been personally invited to play with greats of alt-electro scene, including Grimes, TuNe-YaRdS and Of Montreal. He has been booked for Live at Leeds, Liverpool Sound City and Beacons Festival this year. He has also appeared in NME, The Fly, Fake DIY and Artrocker magazine.