"HHHH" -- Blender "Further refining its American gothic sound and moving its plangent songwriting to a higher level ... smartly sculpted compositions." -- Amplifier "Gripping, sparkling stuff." -- Big Takeover "Draws new lines connecting dynamic bands like Mogwai to the sedate moments of Neil Young." -- The Onion The long-awaited album from one of music's most uniquely inventive and best kept secrets! Following releases on Touch and Go and Yep Roc Records, and shows with the likes of Wire, Nine Inch Nails, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, The Shins, Stephen Malkmus, and Slint, The Standard signed to V2 Records (White Stripes, Grandaddy) in 2007. They worked tirelessly throughout the year to record their fifth full-length effort, Swimmer. In January 2007, V2 Records' US and Canada branches announced that they were "undergoing restructuring." Now, The Standard's much anticipated Swimmer in one of the first releases on Partisan Records. Swimmer reflects the wholly distinctive collaborative songwriting of Jay Clarke, Rob Oberdorfer, Robby Duncan, and Tim Putnam. The album is centered on Putnam's emotive disarming vocals/guitar, Clarke's beautiful constructed keyboards/piano, and Oberdorfer and Duncan's accompanying rhythmic movements, at once minimal and full. Like many of their previous albums, it is a slow burn that, over time, reveals a dark, poetic, innovative body of work that is hard to ignore.