The Hex (LP)

 
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Richard Swift
The Hex (LP)

[ Secretly Canadian / LP ]

Release Date: Friday 7 December 2018

Richard Swift believed in and sought real beauty. And so, even at its most caustic and sardonic, his masterpiece swan song The Hex is beautiful. Conceived in pieces over the last several years and completed just the month before his passing, The Hex is the grand statement Swift acolytes have been a-wishin-and-a-hopin' for all these years.

After a career of sticking some of his finest songs on EPs and 45s, here are all his powers coalescing into a single, long-player statement. At its core, The Hex is an aching call out into the void for Swift's mother ("Wendy") and his sister ("Sister Song"), whom he lost in back-to-back years. You hear a man at his lowest and spiritually on his heels. The pain fueling Swift's cries of "She's never comin' back" on the absolutely gutting standout "Nancy" is some sort of dark catharsis for anyone who's ever lost a loved one to the cold abstraction of death.

Tracks:

A1. The Hex
A2. Broken Finger Blues
A3. Selfishmath
A4. Dirty Jim
A5. Babylon
A6. Wendy
B1. Sister Song
B2. Nancy
B3. HZLWD
B4. Kensington!
B5. Sept20