TRACK REVIEW: Swindled – Counting Sheep EP | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Sunderland-based quintet Swindled (consisting of Jonny, Alex, Will, Felix and Thomas) cite R.E.M. and The La’s as inspirations, and leading track Light Of The Sun certainly recalls the acoustic-driven rockabilly spirit of the latter group, with harmony-heavy splendour brilliantly framing the vivid lyrics.

The intricate waltz-time Right Education gracefully navigates knotty time-signature shifts, with the massed vocals further adding character to the song. The more acoustic-driven Life Will Carry On My Friend and the slower, more introspective closer Along The River further showcase the dexterity of the group’s songwriting talent and musical capabilities. All in all, it’s an accomplished debut release that will translate well to the live stage at their EP launch show at Sunderland’s Independent on Saturday 16th December.


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