April 5 street date. Vinyl reissue of 2007's "Dressed Up For The Letdown", the third album from the late Richard Swift. The album is another original masterpiece; employing an archaic attitude of tempered restraint on a fresh collection of ten songs, without appearing shamelessly retro or kitschy. Playing a vast majority of the instruments on "Dressed Up" himself, by virtue Swift created something that is characteristically his. And considering his rough-around-the-edges exterior, one could rightly assume that Swift desires the listener to accept him as an ordinary honest man with some honest songs - unmasked blemishes and all. Yet when one engages with Swift on this narrow-road-less-traveled, one immediately ignores the subtle imperfections shadowed by the all-consuming white light of well-crafted pop songs in an analog heaven.
April 5 street date. Vinyl reissue of 2008's "The Atlantic Ocean", the fourth release from the late American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift. With a methodical approach and help from engineer Chris Colbert (The Walkmen) and mulit-instrumentalist Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens, Crystal Skulls), Swift's vintage mixtures on "Ocean" are seamless and bright. A collaboration with producer Mark Ronson on track "Ballad of Old What's His Name" features the talents of Ryan Adams, Mark Ronson, Sean Lennon and Pat Sansone of Wilco, a strange pairing of musicians, producing beautiful results. With a balanced mix of dry, minimal rock and roll, and futuristic synthesizer stabs, Swift himself referred to the album's sound as "Prince sitting in on John Lennon's Plastic Ono sessions".
April 5 street date. It was a great Swiftian irony that the shining moment of realization that is "Ground Trouble Jaw" first saw its release as a modest, digital-only EP in 2008. That wrong is now righted as it is paired with 2011s "Walt Wolfman" EP, very much a spiritual twin of "Ground Trouble Jaw". "Ground Trouble Jaw" was the first release that folded the tireless, vying personalities of Richard Swift's art into a singular, succinct artistic statement. Here is a man discovering at once his own capacity for timelessness. Swift was an outsider-pop wanderkind who could do more with one worn, old mic than most men could with a high-end studio, taking "the holy moment" and making it eternal.