Album of the Week: King Hannah | Big Swimmer

King Hannah’s I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me from 2022 elicited the most positive reader responses in the 10 or so years I’ve been posting a favorite album of the week.

I’m happy to report that Hannah Merrick and Craig Whittle are back with Big Swimmer, released on City Slang last month.

From the liner notes:

Big Swimmer finds King Hannah on the other side of their first act with a newfound understanding of their sound, their strengths, their gratitude, and their vision for the future of the band’s music.

Their new sound is bigger and even more badass with blistering guitar from Craig Whittle and Hannah Merrick’s dreamy vocals layered over the top. There’s also a kind of casual ease as if time can be shaped by attitude and I’m a fan of this slower pace that stretches Big Swimmer out over a vast and lonely landscape.