Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Album Review: SWIRL self-titled

SWIRL self-titled
Reviewed by: Dave Wolff
Date: May 2014

Swirl continues in the tradition of such bands as Fishbone, 24-7 Spyz and Rebels Without Applause in refining and developing the musical crossover established by Bad Brains in the 70s and 80s. What’s most worth noting is how said crossover is still as fresh and inventive as it has been the bands mentioned above began releasing albums. This full length is the follow-up to their debut recording Out Of Nowhere, and is completely self-produced so what you hear emerges from their own creative control. The seven tracks here display a mainstream edge production-wise while retaining their own approach with an uncompromising sense that is a welcome release from most of the mainstream fare we’ve experienced for the last decade. This attitude is reflected in the lyrics of every song, which are geared toward taking musical inventiveness back from the corporations and back into the hands of the musicians. This might seem like a major feat these days but the band is fully determined to accomplish this. In order to experience this firsthand you can sample these tracks and a handful of live videos on the band’s Facebook profile.

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