Linuss – “Let’s Go Swimming”


“Let’s Go Swimming” is the latest showing from Los Angeles-based artist Linuss, revealing another track from his upcoming full-length. “Let’s go to the beach,” its hooky chorus exudes, as glistening plucks and yearning vocal elongation combine for an effervescent, summer-set magic. Spacey synths build back into the caressing chorus, with childhood reminiscing and lush guitar strums building momentum into a melodic reprisal to the beach-beckoning escapades. This is another stellar showing from Linuss.

Linuss elaborates on the track’s creative process:

“This song was initially inspired by the mathy 6/8 drum groove you hear on “Tenderness” by Jay Som. After developing the drum groove, I wanted the synths and guitar to feel like the sun, melting your brain into the sand on a hot afternoon. So I had to just soak everything in drippy reverb and slow vibrato. I did everything I could to make it feel like beachy surf pop and like an 8-bit retro video game adventure at the same time.”

“I can’t remember exactly how the lyrics came about, but in retrospect it seems inspired by a relationship I had where I never felt I was fun or exciting enough to maintain this person’s affection. On the surface, it’s about calling up this former girlfriend to propose a beach day for old time’s sake, but ultimately losing my composure by the end of the call. Beneath the story layer, it’s about exploring what went wrong and why I was left behind in the first place.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2023’ 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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