Sunken made a striking debut with their track ‘Over The Days’. A beguiling, sensual groove which exudes dusky midnight vibes, the track was premiered by Wonderland and has earned airplay from 6 Music, BBC R1, Worldwide FMand EZH Radio.
Now the young band – 17-year-old Poppy Billingham (vocals), Finn Billingham and Finn Boxer (both guitars and keys) and Jonah Winslet (drums) – take another bold step-forward with their new single ‘Swoon’.
‘Swoon’ captures a band with two very different yet ultimately complementary traits. Its sheer elegance gives it the aura of a band with years of experience behind them, but Sunken have the youthful confidence to see bold ideas through to their fruition – as evidenced with the contrasting intensity of the song’s conclusion, which Poppy improvised on the piano after an initial demo was written. They collaborated with producer/engineer Tom Carmichael(Jamie Isaac, Childhood) to maximise the energy of that section.
“‘Swoon’ is a special song for us as it was the first time we all had contributed to a sound we wanted to explore further,” says Finn. “It was the first song we wrote together and put us all on the same page. The lyrics allude to how time feels to drag when you feel lonely, but equally understanding that these periods are here for a reason.”
Released on Handsome Dad Records (Babeheaven, Jerkcurb, Makeness), both ‘Swoon’ and ‘Over The Days’ conjure a widescreen cinematic atmosphere and reflects some of their most important inspirations. Serge Gainsbourg is one such touchstone, and especially the orchestration and fictional narrative of his 1971 cult classic album ‘Histoire de Melody Nelson’. Another reference point comes with Piero Piccioni, the prolific and inventive soundtrack composer for films as diverse as ‘Christ Stopped At Eboli’, ‘Swept Away’ and ‘The Nun and the Devil’.