"Swim At Night", taken from the forthcoming album of the same name, is a carefully constructed sonic patchwork from San Francisco's LOUIZA (real name Rebecca Mimiaga).
"Swim At Night" refuses to be constrained by genre, lifting influence from far and wide as it rolls into motion. Vocally, LOUIZA invites comparisons to Joni Mitchell, whilst her songwriting invokes A Creature I Don't Know-era Laura Marling. There's something endlessly classic about the track's easygoing sound: simple twirls of electric guitar flickering above a deliberate, no-frills drum line. Multi-tracking her own vocals into a tightly choreographed backing choir ensures Mimiaga's voice is centred throughout, whether arching through the crystal-clear lyric or stretching out into beautiful, wordless sound.
It makes sense to discover that Mimiaga took dance lessons in order to inform her free yet resolutely controlled sound, noting a newly "playful and expansive" approach to song structure. "I feel a lot more open and able to be a little less careful, prioritizing the location of feeling, above all," she adds. "Dancing just helps put the music into your body so much more than technique."
Speaking on the track, Mimiaga continues: "Nighttime seems to pull the deepest fears to the surface of our minds, the way the moon pulls the ocean's tides. We recount our errors, doubt our decisions, question our relationships and our life's direction, as if a flood were quickly rising around us. In 'Swim At Night,' a woman looks to the moon for relief, hoping its pale face will soothe her. Instead, she sees a reflection of everything she’s reaching for, glowing and far away. This inner restlessness, so fundamentally human, continues to blur the line between what's possible or impossible."
LOUIZA's second full-length project, also titled Swim At Night – is due out on 5 April. With production from James Riotto (The Mountain Goats, tUnE-yArDs, Ezra Furman), it looks set to expand upon Mimiaga's decisive and deeply engaging sound.