Metropolis





A veritable collection of modern day renaissance men, Swords. Well, renaissance men and women, since keyboardist and violinist Liza Rietz might not appreciate the XX-XY alteration without her consent. The name Swords may be familiar from their previous incarnation, Swords Project, but what might not be as well recognized is the multi-faceted talented inherent in its members. Aside from putting together a quite interesting debut in Metropolis, the six band mates also engage in other activities as varied as clothing design, animating Cartoon Network programming, bar ownership, and closer to home, producing Metropolis and designing its packaging. Renaissance people, indeed. But what about the music? Fair query, that. Ebbing and flowing, building to crescendo and crashing down like waves against the cliffs of their native Oregon, the songs of Metropolis are emotive, full of grandeur and ultimately very engaging. Part shoegaze, part electronic soundscape, and part indie rock, Swords manage to incorporate many different influences (Mogwai, The Postal Service, Slowdive, elements of early R.E.M., vocally) and yet still sound amazingly fresh and innovative. Metropolis sounds different with each listen, facets never before heard coming to the forefront to enable an almost new listening experience for the first dozen playings. No chance of this record getting stale anytime soon. You’ll turn to this record again and again, especially as the skies turn grey and the call of staying indoors beckons more loudly. And isn’t that what one wants from favorite albums? Just enjoy Metropolis for now. You can thank them later.

Swords
Arena Rock Recording Company

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