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Astral Swans
Calgary Folk Fest

Astral Swans

from Calgary, AB

A fixture in Calgary’s indie rock community, singer-songwriter Matthew Swann is also one of the scene’s most prolific recording and touring acts. The Astral Swans have released three acclaimed full-length LPs since the 2015 debut, as well as writing and recording with some of Calgary and Western Canada’s most acclaimed indie artists. A thread of classic pop runs through the music of Astral Swans, with Swann’s clever and charming delivery anchoring arrangements that are lean in their instrumentation, like buds on the vine, before growing into full flowers of colourful ambient abstraction. Swann juxtaposes the lighthearted pop with dark musings that are so personal they leave you uncomfortable…until that sweet jangly chorus comes around again to distract you. Nothing ever sounds out of place over the course of Swann’s prolific recordings. Each swell, percussive element, or vocal harmony feels carefully placed to embrace listeners, before the eventual mass of experimental sound shakes the walls.

Biography by Mike Dunn

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