Not Drowning, Waving (styled as not drowning, waving) was an indie rock band from Melbourne, Australia led by classically trained musicians David Bridie and John Phillips. The group’s name is derived from Stevie Smith’s poem “Not Waving but Drowning”. “Nobody heard him, the dead man, but still he lay moaning: I was much further out than you thought and not waving but drowning.” Somewhere between indie rock, ambient, and world music, NDW captured the sound of stillness with beautifully minimal textures and brooding, emotionally evocative lyrics often depicting landscapes, people, and the seasons. Just listen to the crushingly beautiful “Another Pond” with it’s slow, heartbeat drum machine groove, acoustic guitar melody, sullen vocals, and cold, wind-swept synthesizers.
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Tags: Ambient / Art Rock / Indie