Richard Swift

The Novelist / Walking Without Effort

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Secretly Canadian

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"The Novelist" - Swift's highly acclaimed, succinct, eight song, nineteen minute and 38 second-long, audiophile archivist experiment - immediately ushers the listener deep into the recesses of Swift's creative core for a kaleidoscopic trip aboard an intergalactic vaudevillian steamship with a speakeasy code-word. Yet, "The Novelist" is only one small manifestation of Swift's entire musical manifesto and only one-half of this double-disc set. "Walking Without Effort" - the second disc in the two-disc set - is the first, and perhaps most deceptively complex, yet decisively understated, Swift release to date. A slight step eastward from the eclectic musings of "The Novelist", "Walking Without Effort" intentionally paints another image, and baptizes believers born-again into Swift's unique brand of sonic schizophrenia. Gramophones are replaced by 8-tracks and Persian rugs are covered with shag, as Swift nods to the early 70s solo efforts of McCartney and Harrison, while waving to Burt Bacharach and Van Dyke Parks.


Lady Day
Lovely Night
Sadsong St.
Blues For Mother
The Novelist
Ballad Of Clifford Swift
Looking Back, I Should
Have Been Home More
Walking Without Effort
Half Lit
In The Air
As I Go
Above & Beneath
Mexico (1977)
Losing Sleep
Not Wasting Time

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