[ Secretly Canadian / 2 LP ]
Release Date: Friday 7 December 2018
Richard Swift's duo debuts, The Novelist and Walking Without Effort, are fraternal twins wrestling with same Big Questions in opposite ways - one toiling in a cinderblock basement slugging typewriter coffee; one lost on the Pacific Coast Highway, looking again and again for something in a sunset that just ain't there.
The Novelist, Swift's highly acclaimed, succinct, eight song, nineteen minute and thirty-eight second-long, audiophile archivist experiment immediately ushers the listener deep into the recesses of Swift's creative core for a kaleidoscopic trip aboard an intergalactic vaudevillian steamship with a speakeasy code-word. Yet, The Novelist is only one small manifestation of Swift's entire musical manifesto and only one-half of this double-disc set.
A slight step eastward from the eclectic musings of The Novelist, Walking Without Effort intentionally paints another image, and baptizes believers born-again into Swift's unique brand of sonic schizophrenia. Gramophones are replaced by 8-tracks and Persian rugs are covered with shag as Swift nods to the early 70's solo efforts of McCartney and Harrison, while waving to Burt Bacharach and Van Dyke Parks.
Much sought after release, repressed on vinyl for first time in years.
A2. Lady Day
A3. Lovely Night
A4. Sad Song St.
B1. Blues for Mother
B2. The Novelist (The Novelist)
B3. Ballad of Clifford Swift
B4. Looking Back, I Should Have Been Home More C1. Walking Without Effort Theme
C2. Half Lit
C3. In The Air
C4. As I Go
C5. Above & Beneath
D1. Mexico (1977)
D2. Losing Sleep
D3. Not Wasting Time