Richard Swift’s Sprawling Musical World

written by Phil Nelson


Richard Swift’s musical world is sprawling.

In addition to releasing numerous solo albums, he’s produced well-received albums for artists such as Damien Jurado, Foxygen, The Mynabirds and Guster, to name a few. This is all to say nothing of his membership in revered indie band, The Shins, joining The Black Keys as their touring bassist or starting The Arcs with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

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Swift’s solo albums run the gamut from the scuzzy surf rock of Zombie Boogie to the upbeat Nilsson-esque territory of A Song For Milton Feher. He sums up this creative breadth with, “I play every day, so I’ve just built up that musical muscle.”

Expect more collaborative music from Swift this year as well as a new, deeply personal solo album.

“I think it’s some of the bluntest work I’ve done, and it feels right to get it off my chest I suppose, even if just for my cathartic enjoyment,” said Swift.

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