Art Thief vs Georgia O’Keeffe.

18. May 2017 • Category: Uncategorized • Comments: 0

New animated video by Swinghammer from the Another Another album

Song Of The Week on SOCAN’s Words + Music

15. May 2017 • Category: Uncategorized • Comments: 0

“Another Another Green World” is the The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada‘s choice for this week toe tapper.

New Video for Another Another Green World

12. May 2017 • Category: Uncategorized • Comments: 0

Animation and music by Kurt Swinghammer, from the album Another Another

Swinghammer Spills the Beans in Spill Magazine

11. May 2017 • Category: Uncategorized • Comments: 0

AN IN-DEPTH TRACK-BY-TRACK ALBUM ANALYSIS WITH KURT SWINGHAMMER
By Aaron Badgley for Spill Magazine , May 11, 2017

“a new release from Mr. Swinghammer is always cause for celebration”
“… without a doubt one of the best albums released this year.”

Click HERE for article

Jack & Grace Review by Listen With Monger

02. May 2017 • Category: MUSIC • Comments: 0

KURT SWINGHAMMER – SINGLE REVIEW  April 30, 2017

Release Date: Out Now

Right here we have a lo-fi, quirky slice of indie-pop that also manages to pull on a heart string or two – a rare and rarefied combination. Another rarity is that this song is probably the only one, ever, to mention the Niagara Falls Horticultural Society. Toronto residing Kurt Swinghammer (great name) has produced this strangely perky tune named ‘Jack Layton and Grace Appleton’ as an ode to the passing of both Swinghammer’s mother and a politician greatly revered by many. Musically, it’s in the same sphere as Jim Noir, Badly Drawn Boy and David Kitt with complex lyrical combinations and instrumentation that builds layer upon layer to create an almost prog rock vibe. A great way to mark the passing of two people who were obviously big influences and a beautifully personal song.

Watch The Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXaM8ng0D4APosted by at 12:45

New song and video from upcoming full length Swinghammer album

18. April 2017 • Category: Uncategorized • Comments: 0

“Jack Layton And Grace Appleton” is the first single from the album “Another Another”, which is being released on May 12, 2017

Up in the Sky and Down Below

10. April 2017 • Category: Uncategorized • Comments: 0

Swinghamer’s design for Artists Against Racism is showing up in 200 locations across Canada this Spring

Artists Against Racism Poster

01. April 2017 • Category: Uncategorized • Comments: 0

Kurt’s design is currently being seen across Canada on hundreds of billboards and throughout the Toronto subway system.

Swinghammer Official Member of Communism

29. March 2017 • Category: Uncategorized • Comments: 0

Don Kerr’s rock trio with Kevin Lacroix.

APRIL 10 at The Baby G, 1608 Dundas West, Toronto, 9pm, PWYC

APRIL 15, Castro’s Lounge, 9-11 pm, 2116 Queen East, Toronto, PWYC

Wicked Rawckus Magazine review

23. February 2017 • Category: MUSIC, NEWS • Comments: 0

LORI CULLEN WITH SEXSMITH SWINGHAMMER SONGS

FEBRUARY 7, 2017

“How strange is this life?”

Oh, what joy it is to feel physical pleasure while listening to an album. Lori Cullen’s Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs is an audiophile’s dream, and this wonderful, unexpected jazz/folk album has sneaked its way into contention for one of the best albums of the year.

Picture of Lori Cullen

Sonically, it sits comfortably among Getz and Gilberto, Joni Mitchell, and Nick Drake, and is the closest thing to perfect production you can find all year, with richly textured instrumentation vibrant enough to hit your solar plexus but restrained enough to bring serenity. The silence sparkles, mixing the instruments in at just the right volume, and floating you up on good vibes.

Which is to say nothing of the subtle, nuanced, and rich compositions by Ron Sexsmith and Kurt Swinghammer, written especially for Cullen. The keyboards are sweet and delicate; the bass rumbles like a playful uncle; the guitar holds the line with bright, compelling, chord changes. The minute movements, one-note chord changes, and tiny subliminal movements that barely register consciously take on the weight of revelation. Once you reach the final track, you’ve taken a journey, winding and complicated, without ever knowing you took a step off the path.

“She turns major chords to diminished on a dime, and the moments of joy and sorrow in the lyrics are done with hairpin precision.”

Above it all is Cullen herself: her voice–like this album–hides its power within the gentle, flowing compositions. The moments of breathiness suggest the moments of power. On tracks like “Strange is this Life,” you get the full range of her abilities, from barely voiced lullaby to full-strength mezzo-soprano. She turns major chords to diminished on a dime, and the moments of joy and sorrow in the lyrics are done with hairpin precision. At no point do the overtly optimistic turns on tracks such as “New Love” feel at odds with the overtly pessimistic “Face of Emily,” or “Beginners Luck.” Each song is necessary, stays as long as it needs to, then, waves goodbye.

For me, listening to this record is like watching the sunset cross your lover’s face as it falls into night, on the beach. It’s that specific shade of orange too beautiful for daytime, touched just-so with gold and shadow that magnifies in the presence of the face it falls onto: balanced, beautiful, and slightly melancholy. The only imperfections are the last few tracks, which emotionally stutter just a little. Unfortunately, the previous balance achieved compounds the noticeability; they are not bad, but they do not shine quite as bright. But goddamn, it feels nice to unabashedly enjoy an album for once.

Until I ride on carousels of summertime

9,876 out of 10,000 Rawckus Kung Fu Throwing Stars