The Dot and the Line – ‘Small Anchors in the Swirl’ LP


Today marks the release of The Dot and the Line’s full-length album Small Anchors in the Swirl. Impressing in the past with tracks like “Quiet Ones,” and “Addicted Heart,” their sound captivates with atmospheric production and striking vocals. The duo’s gripping soundscapes venture through lush nocturnal dreaminess and rousing electro-pop euphoria.

The project’s talents are on full display throughout Small Anchors In The Swirl. The release title takes inspiration from Patti Smith’s memoir The M Train, where Smith describes lists as being “small anchors in the swirl.” “We chose this image for the album title as it captures the idea that in a world driven by speed, efficiency, and profit, we need to slow down and find a mooring and a sense of identity to hold on to,” vocalist Hetty Clark explains. “There is a darkly sensual aesthetic permeating throughout the songs as they chart the euphoria of living in one of the most transformational times in history.”

Highlights are numerous throughout, with “Hold On” among my favorites. Clark’s invigorating vocal delivery and lyrics accompany the striking production and multi-instrumental abilities of Ned Douglas. “You’ve got to hold onto something,” the consuming chorus repeats, a melodic synth flicker and steady percussion riding on. It’s one of numerous highlights throughout the release.

Small Anchors In The Swirl also explores aspects of the future, such as the relationship between humanity and technology, and in doing so creates tension and feelings of ambivalence within the songs.  “We want to sit facing the direction of travel to experience the new,” Clark continues. “But as pressures mount on the planet and as life becomes more competitive, it seems the human qualities of empathy, intuition and imagination are more important than ever.”

Listen to the album via the stream above, as well as on Apple Music and other platforms.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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