Swahili – Vestal

The Portland band's dreamlike single channels the ghost of disco.


Words by: Aimee Cliff

Portland-based band Swahili, who it's difficult to mention in a post-'Yeezus' world without feeling the urge to label them as "swaghili", make music for your brain and for your limbs. Citing Philip K. Dick and 70s disco as major influences, the band have moved away from the industrial drone they were enamoured with on their debut and are now making tightly-wound psychedelic pop with a tantalising vocal that reminds me a little of the bird-like lightness in Aïsha Devi's workVestal is the first single from their upcoming full-length project, and is both thoroughly danceable and thoroughly daydream-inducing. 

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