SoundBytes: Swansgate Visits the “Island of Lies”

With their upcoming album Becoming Someone due out late next month, Swansgate has dropped the first single to give everyone just a taste of what’s to come. The Charlotte NC group boasts a fresh and singular sound that blends a variety of influences together to create something that hip-hop heads, alt-rockers, and various other weirdos and music nerds can all vibe to.

“Island of Lies” has as much in common with Kid Cudi’s sound and vibe as it does Radiohead, feels as nfluenced by The Flaming Lips as it does by Kayne West, and flows as much like Theophilus London as it does TV on the Radio… in other words, the sound is diverse, but honed. It’s hard to pigeonhole, but even harder to dislike. Fans of anyone mentioned above will undoubtedly love the track, which is just an appetizer for the album yet to come.

As one of the lucky ones able to same the entire album, this reviewer can assert that the single is a great representation of what’s in store. If you enjoy this track – and trust me, YOU DO – you’l enjoy the album – and trust me, YOU WILL. Come for the hip-hop beats and stay for the synthesizers and genre fusion… this electro-alt-jazz-dance-trip-pop-hop act is sure to impress even the most cynical music critics among us all.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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