Richard Swift has the sound, voice and influences an artist whoâ€™s been around for at least the past three decades. Lyrically, you have to go all the way back to Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman in the 70â€™s to find an appropriate contemporary and his music picks up where Jeff Lyne left off, boasting a brilliant knack for weaving literate pop sounds that go down smooth.
Itâ€™s shocking then to realize Swift has only been putting out solo discs for the past five years or so (though theyâ€™ve been an extremely prolific five years), after spending time on keyboards for Starflyer 59. Swiftâ€™s latest, The Atlantic Ocean finds the musician in top form. Nearly a dozen quirky, sun baked pop songs, with a touch of California psychedelic thrown in, each nearly as infectious as the next.
Though Atlantic Ocean sounds like it could easily be a long lost Jellyfish record, it is still distinctly Richard Swift. Hereâ€™s hoping itâ€™s just the latest in a very long career.
Top tracks: â€œThe Original Thought,â€ â€œAlready Gone,â€ and â€œThe End of An Ageâ€
Ratings: 8.9 out of 10
Richard Swift â€“ The Atlantic Ocean/CD/2009/11 tracks/Secretly Canadian Records/www.myspace.com/richardswift