Having released her debut album earlier this year and just returning from a UK tour, Brooklyn’s Swimming Bell (Katie Schottland) has shared a cover of the song ‘Driving’ from Los Angeles band Wand.
Swimming Bell takes the psyche rock band’s epic ballad and builds around it with rolling piano and dreamy soundscapes, adding ethereal layers of vocal harmonies.
Working with Oli Deakin (Lowpines) as collaborator and producer, her debut album Wild Sight was recorded in various locations in the UK and finished in New York. Building on the layered harmonies and classic melodies of her first recordings, Wild Sight sees Schottland explore more expansive and emotive soundscapes, more lush instrumentation, moments of great intimacy and of epic psyche-folk.
Schottland began to write songs after she broke her foot in the fall of 2015, learning some basic chords by teaching herself to play Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”. Having had no musical training she approached writing melodies and progressions by ear, and soon had some ideas sketched out for her first songs. Always moved by layered vocal harmonies, she began to imagine the multiple vocal layers that would form much of her debut EP The Golden Heart, which she recorded with Oli Deakin in London in 2017.
Following its release, she began touring extensively, and developed different ways of realizing the soundscapes and textures of the record as a solo live show, using just her voice, guitar and some pedals.
Taking inspiration from these new sounds and from life on the road, she began writing the songs that would form Wild Sight in summer 2017. Travelling to the UK, recording began in early 2018 and continued through the spring as the songs and recordings developed together.
You can catch Swimming Bell live in the US this summer. Dates below…
August 2 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
August 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Littlefield
August 25 – Providence, RI – Providence Folk Festival
September 8 – New York, NY – Arelene’s Grocery
September 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Transpecos