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Swimming Bell

The Golden Heart
(Adventure Club Records)
Release Date: October 6, 2017

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The Golden Heart is a personal, intimate affair punctuated by picturesque narratives and soulful performance. There is a timelessness about both the subject matter and delivery. The sort of voice that calls through the unfamiliar night and guides you back home.


Swimming Bell is the solo project of Brooklyn-based folk singer Katie Schottland, who has spent the last two years playing in various bands. She began to write her own songs after she broke her foot in the fall of 2015. Katie learned some basic chords by printing out a chord sheet to learn to play Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”. Having had no musical training she approached writing melodies and progressions by ear, and with the intention to develop harmonies.


The Golden Heart was recorded in London at the home studio of producer Oli Deakin, who writes and records his own work under the name Lowpines, and as producer has worked with Toothless, Lyla Foy and Germans.


Katie and Oli met in New York in the fall of 2016 and they immediately knew each other. After hearing some Lowpines music, the lo-fi, layered, and intricately hushed lyrics, Katie knew they’d work well together. Katie travelled to London in spring of 2017 and they began mapping out each song on guitar and voice, before adding layers of different instruments, vocals and ambient sounds. Katie played many of the instruments herself, looking to find a unique voice in the parts they came up with together.


Photo Credit: James Parker

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