The Swimmer is the Tren Brothers' contribution to Western Vinyl's portraitseries. For The Swimmer the Tren Brothers created four musical selectionsand four videos, one to accompany each audio track. If you're familiarwith The Dirty Three, Boxhead Ensemble, Bonnie Prince Billy's Get OnJolly, Cat Power's Moon Pix, or any of the other recordings Mick Turnerand Jim White have contributed to, you're probably already familiar withtheir unique ability to lull and seduce listeners. Together Mick Turnerand Jim White have used music, film, and still images to create abeautiful portrait of a character known only as The Swimmer.
Brother Mick Turner and Brother Jim White have walked from the Timar Sea to the Indian Ocean drudging their instruments through the bush. These two Melbourne, Australia natives have made a name for themselves as 2/3 of the Dirty Three and by our estimates it won't be long til they're known widely as the brothers Tren. This debut single places the familiar guitar and worn harmonica of Turner with the taught and rebounding drums of White. The sounds within were hinted at on Turner's solo album, though at 33 rpm these instrumental ball breakers are given time to flesh out and expand over the Kata Tjuta. At a sum of fourteen minutes a means is provided for the Tren Brothers to stand apart from the D3 apparatus long enough to warrant notice as individual and flourishing musicians.