Astral Swans is the project of acclaimed Canadian songwriter, and multi instrumentalist Matthew Swann. The project made it’s debut in 2012 as support for Chad Vangaalen at a show in their hometown of Calgary, Canada (Vangaalen produced Swann’s previous project Extra Happy Ghost!!!). In 2014 Astral Swans rose to National prominance, when two time Juno award winning songwriter Dan Mangan signed Astral Swans to his newly minted Madic Records (a subsidiary of Arts & Crafts) on the strength of Swann’s demos.
In 2015 the debut LP All My Favourite Singers Are Willie Nelson was released to critical acclaim, and Swann accompanied Mangan, and Toronto songwriter Hayden, on a 20 show North American tour. The remaining months would see Astral Swans circling back and forth across Canada, Europe, and the States, playing festivals, and sharing the stage with such notable performers as Feist, Colin Stetson, Angel Olsen, Julie Doiron, Art Bergman, and more.
In 2017 Swann re-entered the studio with a batch of new songs, and help from producer Scott Munro of the band Preoccupations, recording engineer Paul Chirka (Calgary Philharmonic), and Dan Mangan offering his hand at co-production. The result is Strange Prison, an experimental folk record, that combines pristine production, with Swann’s abstract narratives of lonerism, human frailty, and dread, all told with darkly comedic empathy, and helpless concern. Strange Prison is out May 18, 2018 on Tiny Room Records, in collaboration with Saved by Vinyl (North America) and Moorworks (Japan).
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