Saturday, November 10, 2007

Andy Swan's songs

Lately, I've been absolutely loving this little gem from north of the border; Andy Swan (also band leader of The Michael Parks), is set to release his second solo album, Ottawa. Its thirteen tracks were recorded in the Canadian province bearing the same name late in 2006, and its set to hit the shelves on November 13th.

The album starts out a little twingy twangy with If My Daddy Could See Me Now, but it doesn't stay there long. It keeps the down home feeling throughout, but in an authentic and intimate manner that will draw you in, not try to overpower you. By the time you get to track three, Brian Jones, Andy and crew have really gotten into some engaging instrumentation. The song is an ode to one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones, and considering that Brian liked to play a wide range of stringed instruments, the track appropriately employs what I swear is a ukulele.

From there they go into a love song with a slightly different spin on the topic (Maybe It's Love), a heartbreaking song named Buckle, a rollicking song that gets a little wild (No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service), a cry in your beer tune (You Got The Diamonds (I Got The Shaft)), and many more. The whole album is refreshingly light in feeling but deep in artistry. Give Andy a try below.

Andy Swan - Brian Jones : Ottawa

Andy Swan - No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service : Ottawa

and one from his last EP

Andy Swan - New Best Friend : The Sunshine EP

Visit his his label Kelp Records and become his friend on MySpace.


The Michael Parks - Vanessa : Kelpmitzvah (Kelp Turns 13)

The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black : Forty Licks

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