Dream duo Oro Swimming Hour craft the kind of woozy, off-kilter pop goodness we could definitely do with right now. Lossy, the second full-length release from Oro Swimming Hour released towards the end of last year, offers a comforting, sonic space to curl up in and we highly recommend making some time to spend with their records. We caught up with them to find out their very particular dream gig venues, earliest song memories and who they’d book to play their birthday party.
Comprised of prolific Bristol musical legend Oliver Wilde, also of Pet Shimmers renown, and equally prolific creative Nicholas Stevenson, who is also a children’s book illustrator, Oro Swimming Hour first appeared with the enchanting Penrose Winoa and have continued to evolve their singular sound ever since. Speaking on their sophomore record Lossy they detail “It’s meant to make the world appear more optimistic through ill-conceived capturings, what is essentially children’s music for adults, pop music for people who hate pop music, lo-fi for people who hate fi, loose fact”. And this pretty aptly encapsulates Oro Swimming Hour’s particular, magical charm.

An expansive 21 track listen, enjoy Lossy and get to know the extraordinary Oro Swimming Hour In Short…

Three words to describe our music…

Nicholas: Dadaist Freak Belters

Oliver: Sit Down Classics

Last photo on your phone…

Nicholas: A green melodica I’m selling on Gumtree.

Oliver: A completely black photo of Kahn at Illegal Data.

Favourite Instagram account…

Nicholas: Catatonic Youths

Oliver: Mothmeister

The best venue I’ve played…

Benjamin Perry Scout Hut

Earliest song you remember…

Nicholas: The Boy in the Bubble

Oliver: Jamiroquai – Deeper Underground

The worst job I’ve ever had…

Nicholas: Waiter at fancy car showroom events.

Oliver: I actually super liked all the jobs I’ve had.

Favourite food on tour…

Nicholas: Falafel

Oliver: Those crisps made of bananas.

My Favourite word…

Nicholas: Cellophane

Oliver: Sparsile

A record that cheers you up…

Nicholas: Aquarium – Aqua

Oliver: Stalaggh – Pure Misanthropia

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Nicholas: Redcliffe Caves or that 14th century wine cellar under Bristol High Street.

Oliver: Inside a giant walk-in vagina in Castle Park.

I think you should listen to…

Emily Yacina – Bad Kid

Three artists you’d book to play at your birthday…

Nicholas: Manet, Monet and Man Ray

Oliver: Arty Shaw, The Shaggs & Lucia Pamela