A few years prior to the recording of the album, Snaith's wife gave him swimming lessons as a Christmas present, prompting him to take it up as a new hobby. This partially led to the eventual ideology behind Swim
, which is awash with aquatic sonics. Snaith told Chart Attack
that the lessons blended into his growing fixation with fluidity in music and the ability to achieve that with his army of electronic instruments. He explained: "I wanted to make dance music where all the elements would sound like water and have these waves that flow around in the mix. When I was making Andorra
, I was listening to a lot of music by [producer] James Holden. His music would flow and disintegrate unexpectedly; it breathes very well."