"The Bully"—with razor sharp melodies, warbly textural production, and a charismatic personality that at turns confidently struts in falsetto, and in refreshing un-seriousness, delivers ribbings with shrewd comical force. Like with Foxygen, Swift seems to always be talked about in reference to the many acts he's produced—Damien Jurado, The Mynabirds, Laetitia Sadier, and Pickwick, who recently covered Swift's own "Lady Luck" with Sharon Van Etten—or the band he occasionally plays in, The Shins. But if you've got a turntable and a few hours to kill, there's few more interesting and enjoyable oeuvre's to dive into than Swift's own: a deeply personal, complex, and idiosyncratic home-brewed discography filled with heavy wafts of foggy psychedelia, molten hot tambourine-skipping R&B, and grimy garage rock. First, kick things off with a favorite from Swift's most recent album, Walt Wolfman: the hilariously engaging sing-along "Drakula (Hey Man)." Then below, snag a few downloads and proceed to go buy up all of the vinyl released by this under-appreciated holy force of awesome.
Grab Richard Swift vinyl from Secretly Canadian's SC Distribution. Photos by Sarah Jurado.
Richard Swift - "A Song For Milton Feher"
Richard Swift - "Whitman"
Richard Swift & Damien Jurado - "Crazy Like A Fox"