|Swoone — Handcuffed Heart (August/17/2018)|
Swoone — Handcuffed Heart (August/17/2018)Location: London, UK
Album release: August/17/2018
Record Label: Saint Marie Records
01 This Bullet Never Kills 3:48
02 Breaking Down 4:42
03 Handcuffed Heart 3:48
04 Terminal 3 4:15
05 The Sun Has Died 5:13
06 Run 4:08
07 Pearlesque 3:15
08 Set Me Free 4:00
09 Strange Love 3:53
10 Room 56 3:00
11 Empty Buildings 4:20
★ Finally, the eagerly awaited debut album from the darkly sophisticated London duo, Swoone.
★ This is an album, brimming with quality, depth and heart breaking beauty. Siobhan Demare, who’s sensual and exquisite vocals, have been in demand by the likes of guitar legend, Robin Guthrie and 90’s chart toppers Mono, finally break free to create a breathtaking album of pure class. Here Siobhan is more in control, more expressive and in the finest song writing form of her career. Fans of her sultry delivery will also be mesmerised by her stunning melodies and poignant lyrics. Her beautiful voice conveys such intimacy it vividly populates a gorgeously rich and cinematic aural landscape. The music is deeply emotional and genuinely felt, not because composer Gary Bruce knows how to write and play this kind of music, indeed, the opposite is true, he has no musical training or knowledge. His keyboard has the notes written on them pencil and he slowly develops guitar chords from scratch! Instead of using musical theory Gary painstakingly creates a musical landscape navigated by feelings alone. It is this probing of the heart that produces music that is refreshingly genuine and instantly arresting.
★ Every song is a film in miniature, from a classic thriller, to David Lynch to european cinema. Think Portishead’s homage to John Barry with touch of 60’s soul and eno~esque colour. Every track is different, suprisingly so, with all the influences two eclectic souls have haunting their psyches. Ideas that have been fermenting for two lifetimes have matured into something sweet and rich. Diverse influences include 90’s trip hop, The Carpenters, Billy Holiday, dub, The Ronettes, shoegaze, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Chris Isaac, Donny Hathaway, Al Green and Pink Floyd! There is no following fashion here, just the love of feeling music deeply. Intriguing, yes it is. Can you hear these influences? Yes you can! And with such influences this is an album to cherish, an album that reveals more layers with each listen, an indie classic.
★ Wallow in the sultry vocals, heartfelt words, cavernous guitars, swelling strings and super cool beats. Just listen to to each perfect song to know that each one is a jewel, original and unique in its own right. Shine on Swoone!
★ Swoone is the unique combination of seductive vocals from Siobhan De Mare and captivating music by Gary Bruce.
★ Siobhan De Mare, daughter of Tony Meehan, drummer of the Shadows, granddaughter of the well~oiled gong banger for Rank films, was no stranger to show business when she started her career as a featured artist and backing vocalist for many dance and electronic bands. She was also the famous voice of the Emirates Airline worldwide campaign from 2002~2008. Siobhan signed her first major deal with Chrysalis Records and Universal, with her band Mono. Their album Life In Mono was released on Echo Records and soon entered the UK charts reaching the top twenty. Their hit song Life In Mono was used for the soundtrack of the film Great Expectations featuring Robert De Niro and Gwyneth Paltrow. The album also became very popular in film and television as incidental music including Dead Man Down with Naomi Raspen, and the X Box game, Alan Wake. Siobhan went on to form Violet Indiana with Robin Guthrie, former guitarist of The Cocteau Twins. They released several albums on Bella Union Records, with their music being used worldwide in film and television.
★ Gary is a self taught composer and producer, not to mention qualified arborist and teacher! He has had music used in many TV programmes worldwide, including Jamie Oliver’s Dream School, USA. He has also had music included in several instrumental albums. His other recording credits include a 7” single released on Andrew Wetherall’s, Moine Dubh label, as one half of Echowood with Nina Walsh. He has also released one highly acclaimed instrumental album, MAPS, which was produced with a booklet of his own poems. Gary plays guitar with the amazing shoegaze orientated Daniel Land and is co writing some of the songs for Daniel’s new album.
Wyatt E. Parkins
Saint Marie Records
Fort Worth, TX | Seattle, WA | Los Angeles, CA
|Swoone — Handcuffed Heart (August/17/2018)|