NZ indie-rock quartet Marlin’s Dreaming share video for Sink or Swim | New album Quotidian released April 21

Marlin’s Dreaming – Photo credit: Ryan Helleur

“Mixing bits of pieces of indie, psychedelic, and surf rock,
Marlin’s Dreaming is making the kind of music that’s chilled-out and calming,
while incorporating enough flashes of energy to keep you moving.”

– Pigeons & Planes

“It’s music that you’d want to hear while making some of
the best memories in your life. It’s a song full of independence and a
motivator for you to get out and explore the beautiful earth on a sunny day.”

– IMPOSE

 

New Zealand indie outfit Marlin’s Dreaming have today released the first single, “Sink or Swim,” for their forthcoming album, Quotidian. The single premiered exclusively with Atwood Magazine praising, “The honesty of the release only adds to the many layers of what makes Marlin’s Dreaming who they are. If the following tracks are anything like the first, then Quotidian is a record that should be on any music-lover’s radar.”

“It’s a song about detachment, the feeling of struggling to be present and feeling like I was at the whim of something outside of myself,” said frontman Semisi Maiai about the inspiration for the new song. “I wrote it over the last year where I felt like I was going through motions of living without much pre-consideration or afterthought, just simply doing things as they happened.”

Despite the darker lyrics, Sink or Swim is buoyed by a driving tempo and the distinctive pop feel which have coloured the band’s two previous albums. 

The self-directed music video with support from New Zealand filmmaker Martin Sagadin pokes fun at the motivation for the song, the idea of being prodded around and losing touch with one’s own intentions. 

“At its core, Sink or Swim speaks to a rather strange period of time for me, but for the music video we wanted to focus on the lighter side, with the guitar drenched melody and bubbling chorus,” said Semisi.

About Marlin’s Dreaming

Marlin’s Dreaming are a young band hailing from a cold, damp flat in Dunedin, New Zealand. In October 2017, just a couple of months after forming, Marlin’s Dreaming released their first body of work, Lizard Tears. It was an eight song mix of indie pop tasters, and one reworked track from frontman, Semisi Maiai’s, former band GROMz. The album reached huge popularity across streaming platforms worldwide, and transitioned into two sold out tours of New Zealand.

In 2018 Marlin’s Dreaming released their second body of work, Talk on Commic. The EP retains the wry humour of Lizard Tears, but is less mannered; a darker beast with 90’s fangs evoking many of the post-punk greats. This EP received support from popular Spotify and Apple playlists and Youtube Channels.

2019 proved to be another successful year, doing support slots with Kirin J Callinan, The Chills and Ocean Alley. They also managed to fit in three headline tours of their own, including 2 sold out runs in Australia.

Marlin’s Dreaming are releasing their upcoming LP, Quotidian, on April 21st 2020.

Vocals/guitar: Semisi Maiai
Bass: Oscar Johns
Drums: Hamish Merchant
Lead guitar: Leith Towers

Marlin's Dreaming - Quotidian album artwork

Quotidian tracklisting

1. Sink Or Swim
2. Alike
3. Outwards Crying
4. Lick The Brains
5. Cabbage Tree
6. Colourful Disarray
7. False Start
8. Outristic Pt 1
9. Outristic Pt 2
10. Mr Sun
11. Pavement
12. Filling In Time

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