Published on April 3rd, 2012 | by Chase Larson0
“Secret Garden/S.C.” — Raised By Swans
Taking cues from similar-sounding ethereal predecessors like Sigur Rós or Explosions in the Sky, Canadian indie quartet Raised By Swans takes listeners on an atmospheric introspection with haunting, slow-burn melodies and deliberately plucked guitars. Relatively unknown (despite having a song prominently featured in the film Chloe), the group taps into themes and musical expression usually captured by more seasoned musicians.
From the starkly beautiful songs on No Ghostless Place — the group’s recent follow-up effort to 2005’s Codes and Secret Longing — comes “Secret Garden/S.C.,” a meditative track with ringing melodies, finding serenity in its simplicity. A trudging beat gives the ambient aura a framework, while frontman Eric Howden’s piercing falsetto and vocal architecture lead the listener on a journey through waves of nostalgia and personal reflection.
[via Rhombus Online Magazine — Read full article here]
Chase Larson is the founder and editor-in-chief of SOUND. He has written for Men’s Journal, Deseret News, Daily Herald, Rhombus Online and worked as an editor at the The Daily Universe. When he’s not involved in one of the aforementioned pursuits, he sleeps. Very well. Follow him on Twitter at @chasemlarson or Google+.