Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this review, I’m going to be delving into new music from The Swoons, an electro-pop duo consisting of two students studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Their early repertoire is impressive, boasting some remarkable producer credits and collaborations. Thus, they’re a particularly interesting independent outfit since they’re one that’ll be quick to outgrow the clothes it’s wearing. Let’s check out some of their new tunes.
‘Chasing Love,’ a song featuring Nastasia, is the dynamic new single the duo is pushing pretty heavily. The song is an electronic thunderstorm of incredible intricacy. When I review an act, I do so in the studio on actual monitors. Man, these two sound incredible on a good sound system. ‘Chasing Love’ is an eclectic combination of dance, house, techno, electronica, and pop. The Swoons’ lead vocalist incorporates a soft-spoken, intimate style of indie crooning akin to what you may hear from a band like Vampire Weekend. That’s about as far as that comparison goes, though. Nastasia is absolutely stunning, defining the track with immense tact and beauty.
‘Do It All Again’ is a track the outfit dropped just last week, and it is most certainly worth touching on as well. The sonic landscapes of ‘Do It All Again’ are suave and smooth; it’s a classy late-night dance track. One could argue a house, or even dub for that matter, influence takes over the sound with the rise and fall of the track. I particularly like the synthesizer selections The Swoons make as well - they’re masterfully suiting for each track and give each tune a leg up on the myriad of indie counterparts producing electronic pop.
Note - Both tracks were produced by Verdoe
Finally, I’ll touch very briefly on the duo’s cover of The Weeknd’s ‘The Hills,’ arguably the most popular song from a group blowing up right now. The Swoons’ rendition is especially soft, and the highlight is most definitely the piano instrumentation. In honesty, the piano borders classical elegance. The Weeknd’s lyrics aren’t near as classy, but hey, it’s a catchy pop song that The Swoons do justice.
The Swoons are an incredible duo, one of the best in the independent scene I’ve delved into in recent months. I’d love to see them expand their catalog more in the coming weeks. Their two new singles make a strong argument for their potential longevity and skill; it just remains to be seen whether they can harness that and make something even more noteworthy.