Astral Swans is the project of acclaimed Canadian songwriter, and multi instrumentalist Matthew Swann. In 2015, the debut LP All My Favourite Singers Are Willie Nelson was released to critical acclaim, and Swann accompanied award-winning songwriter Dan 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 came out May 18, 2018 on Tiny Room Records, in collaboration with Saved by Vinyl (North America) and Moorworks (Japan).
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