VIKINGS – “Tanlines” / “Swimming at Night”


A pair of infectious pop singles from Winnipeg-based trio VIKINGS, “Tanlines” and “Swimming at Night” exemplify the project’s polished, hooky sound. Following a three-year hiatus, the trio of Josh Younsong, Dave McNabb, and James McNabb affirm they’re back with these impressive singles, also releasing alongside an ASH HALO Remix of “Tanlines.”

“Tanlines” drives with contagious spirit via trickling guitars and a synth-y bass. The “wake up,” bridge bounces with a replay-inducing charm, building into the title-referencing hook, which glows with a piano addition amidst the quaint guitar twangs. Similarly captivating and more embracing of atmospheric patience, “Swimming at Night” touts a more ’80s fervency with the clanging synth-bass and dance-friendly vocal production. The tight rhythm section, ethereal synths, and punchy vocals remind fondly of Depeche Mode’s invigorating sound.

With these two impressive singles from VIKINGS, I’m looking forward to hearing what’s next.

Stream the tracks below:

“Tanlines” other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2022’ Spotify playlist.

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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