SWAN WASH: Self-titled: CS

Feb 05, 2020

One of those goth/deathrock bands that trudges through textures and landscapes and sort of picks up elements of the songs along the way. The guitar is spacey and reverby and the drums lurch out during some of the chorus parts and it creates this big, open space in the middle of the sound. I don’t know how much sense that makes, but I have the feeling it’s intentional and they’re going more for an atmosphere than anything else. There are some cool riffs, and the recording is clear and burly. They could tighten up their focus, but this is an exceptionally good demo recording from a band that shows a lot of promise. “Yard” is the best jam on here. –Ian Wise (Sister Cylinder, sistercylinder.bigcartel.com, swanwash.bandcamp.com)