STRANGE PRISON

by Astral Swans

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    Astral Swans' 'Strange Prison' is a spellbinding portal into the psyche of acclaimed Calgary songwriter Matthew Swann.

    His 2015 debut album, 'All My Favourite Singers Are Willie Nelson', was described by NOISEY as "a stark, beautiful project; one that embraces darkness rather than shying away from it." Astral Swans' sophomore album continues this philosophical searching with both morbid humour and compassionate character studies, focusing on the nuances of human existence.

    Scored with strings, shimmering keys and theremin, and featuring guests such as drummer Dan Gaucher (Destroyer, Sandro Perri), Dillon Whitfield (Reuben and the Dark), Rena Kozak (Child Actress), and electronic artist Tigerwing, each song stands alone as a musical world within universal themes of darkness and light.

    Co-produced with Scott Munro (Preoccupations), Dan Mangan, and Paul Chirka (recording engineer for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra), the result is Swann's most sonically exploratory and emotionally resonant release to date.

    Thanks to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for their generous funding.

    Thanks to Dawn at Saved by Radio, Yuya at Moorworks Records, Stefan at Tiny Room Records, and Dan at Madic Records.

    Ⓒ 2018 Matthew Swann

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Astral Swans' 'Strange Prison' is a spellbinding portal into the psyche of acclaimed Calgary songwriter Matthew Swann.

His 2015 debut album, 'All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson', was described by NOISEY as "a stark, beautiful project; one that embraces darkness rather than shying away from it." Astral Swans' sophomore album continues this philosophical searching with both morbid humour and compassionate character studies, focusing on the nuances of human existence.

Scored with strings, shimmering keys and theremin, and featuring guests such as drummer Dan Gaucher (Destroyer, Sandro Perri), Dillon Whitfield (Reuben and the Dark), Rena Kozak (Child Actress), and electronic artist Tigerwing, each song stands alone as a musical world within universal themes of darkness and light.

Co-produced with Scott Munro (Preoccupations), Dan Mangan, and Paul Chirka (recording engineer for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra), the result is Swann's most sonically exploratory and emotionally resonant release to date.

Thanks to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for their generous funding.

Thanks to Dawn at Saved by Radio, Yuya at Moorworks Records, Stefan at Tiny Room Records, and Dan at Madic Records.

Ⓒ 2018 - Matthew Swann

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released May 18, 2018

All songs written by Matthew Swann.

Produced by Scott Munro, Paul Chirka, and Matthew Swann (except tracks 2 and 10 produced by Dan Mangan).

All songs mixed by Paul Chirka at The Department of Creativity and Mischief, except for tracks 2 and 10 mixed by Dan Mangan at National Park Studios.

Mastered by Harris Newman.

Artwork and design by Gabriel Alan Collins.

All vocals and instrumentation by Matthew Swann, except the beautiful contributions from the following collaborators:

Dillon Whitfield
background vocals - tracks 1, 2; drums - track 6; bass, guitar - track 10

Sarah Groot
vocals, keys - tracks 2, 10

Paul Chirka
organ - tracks 1, 7, 9, 11; background vocals - track 1; strings - track 7

Joe Ramirez
drums - tracks 3, 7, 8, 9, 11

Distance Bullock
drums - tracks 3, 9, 11

Rena Kozak
vocals - tracks 3, 12

Scott Munro
keys - tracks 3, 5, 8, 12; guitar - track 4

Sarah Tigerwing
vocals - track 5

Christina Milinusic
theremin - track 6

Chris Vail
guitar - tracks 1, 11

Dan Gaucher
drums - tracks 2, 10

Dan Mangan
background vocals, piano, bass synth - track 2

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Astral Swans Calgary, Alberta

Astral Swans is the main project of acclaimed Canadian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Swann. After forming in 2012, Astral Swans was previously signed to Madic Records for the 2015 debut release 'All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson'. Swann is now signed with Saved by Vinyl (Calgary), Moorworks (Japan), and Tiny Room Records (Netherlands). ... more

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All the controls
broke off when we set them.
Now we’re forever
dying in the cabin.

The beautiful ground
was never really with us.
Fantastic ideas
airbrushed into pictures,

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All the controls
Broke off when we hit em
Now we’re forever
crashing into headwinds

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Half an hour of actual air, to fight ourselves in the darkness

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