Although “Floating” is the second song that Swedish duo Slide has ever released, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking these two have been around much longer. “Floating” sounds like a relic from the 2008-2010 era, around which time both Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear were growing into the mainstream-but-indie names they are today. On “Floating,” Slide combines the yelped jubilance of the former with a lick eerily reminiscent of the latter’s most popular song; the result is an energetic four-minute anthem overflowing with hooks.
Proudly boasting reference points as obvious as Slide’s might pave a young band’s quick path to obsolescence. Slide won’t suffer this fate: Albin and Simon—Slide’s two members, who aren’t yet revealing their surnames—seem to know exactly when to hold back instead of giving their all. Their wiseness gives their catchy, melodic songwriting a cerebral edge not heard among many indie pop bands today.
Bouncing pianos and softly muttered singing outline the verses of “Floating,” showing Slide in restraint mode. The chorus, though, sees the duo flip to its full-energy state, with harmonized layers of nasal, ecstatic shouts emphasizing the enthusiasm inherent to the track’s melody. This contrast is a deliberate trick that keeps “Floating” genuine and marks Slide as a standout in its crowded pop-rock field.
Further testifying to Slide’s exceptional vision is the video for “Floating,” which features no sunlit settings. It’s interesting to see such an upbeat song affixed to a video immersed in skies as grey as gravel, roads soaked in immediate post-rain wetness, trees completely lacking in leaves, and desolate spaces surrounding warehouses. Through these notably dim settings, though, Albin and Simon weave by on their bikes, bringing youthful cheer wherever they go.
As Simon and Albin traverse their settings, objects in the background float into the sky, matching the song’s title. Both this and the duo’s infusion of nostalgia, via its bikes, into the video’s bleak locations are smart ideas that would suggest far more experience than these two actually have. Who would guess they’re only two songs in?