SWALLOW AND THE WOLF
Genre: Acoustic, Singer-songwriter
Discography: Sunrise Mountain EP (2012) Fire EP (2014)
Record Label: Independent
Swallow and Wolf are one of our favourite duo's in London at the moment. There is something very special about their music and rich harmonies.
Suffolk boy Russell Swallow and Australian girl Jess Kennedy tell stories of every day passions, extraordinary moments and unsung heroes. Their sound is driven and picked acoustic guitar, mercurial, bass heavy piano lines, lo-fi drums, rich cello lines and melodic vocal harmonies.
The duo have picked up support from Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins (BBC6), Sophie Little (BBC Norfolk), Billy Butler (BBC Merseyside) and John Govier BBC Devon.
Their latest record Fire EP was recorded with Oliver Som and Cy Reynolds at Guy Chamber's Sleeper Studios (Robbie Williams, Miles Kane, Katy B etc).
The result is an epic, yet intimate record - balancing poetic lyrics with widescreen sounds. In the past year the duo have driven across the Country in a DIY tour of the UK, and with piano and guitar in hand rocked on and off trains and buses across Germany and Holland.
They've curated and hosted music events for Private Member Clubs Apartment 58 and Record Club as Beatnik Events - notably praised in the Telegraph as 'passionate promoters...a real community spirit' and by Run Riot as being 'passionate about nurturing new talent'.
They've supported Simone Felice (of The Felice Brothers), Rachel Sermanni, Gilmore and Roberts, Phildel, Jake Morley, Kimberly Anne, Kal Lavelle and Jamie Lawson.
Their debut EP Sunrise Mountain was self released in 2012, followed by a single Every Time She Comes in early 2013. Their latest EP, Fire, was released in June 2014 to positive blog and radio support. 'SOS' was picked to be a Tom Robinson 'Freshcuts on the Net'
'Very, very beautiful' (Chris Hawkins, BBC6 music)
'Beautiful! You wouldn't even believe that was performed live on the show - perfect!’ (Sophie Little, BBC Introducing & BBC6 music)
'The romantics of Fleet Foxes, the upbeat poppiness of Patrick Wolf, and the brooding of Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley' ( For Folk's Sake)
‘Their singing is executed to perfection with both performers in absolute sync with one another...their talent as performers and musicians is undeniable....This duo could be on to something great' (Folkgeek)
'Orchestration befitting The National...devastatingly beautiful and enigmatic' (For Folk's Sake)
'Great new track...great effect' (Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio)
'Fast guitar strumming, quick keys and strings create a truly epic soundscape...fit for a film soundtrack which fits the storytelling vocals' (Mixtape Couture)