REVIEW BY DESH KAPUR
Release date: 8 September 2023
Skep Wax Records
Available on vinyl LP, CD, digital
Swansea Sound’s “Twentieth Century” is a delightful journey into the world of indie music, with a lineup boasting members from notable bands like Death in Vegas, Heavenly, The Pooh Sticks, and Talulah Gosh. Released on September 8th, 2023, this album is a testament to the enduring creativity of these experienced musicians.
At the forefront of Swansea Sound are the charismatic vocalists Hue Williams (of Pooh Sticks fame) and Amelia Fletcher (from Heavenly). Their voices blend together seamlessly, harmonious and engaging. And guitarist lyricist Rob Pursey shines as the mastermind behind the band.
“Twentieth Century” takes listeners on a nostalgic journey, evoking the spirit of late 70s garage punk and 90’s scruffy jangly pop. The album’s creation during lockdown, with songs exchanged virtually between Cardiff and Kent, adds a modern twist to these classic influences. The result is a sound that resonates with those who grew up with analog music.
One of my standout track, “Click It and Pay,” which offers a thought-provoking commentary on online consumerism. Throughout the album, the lyrics are witty, clever, and reminiscent of the storytelling prowess of Pulp AKA Jarvis Cocker.
“Markin’ It Down” stands out as a bombastic indie duet between Hue and Amelia, highlighting their respective connections to the world of vinyl records. It’s a testament to the band’s ability to craft compelling narratives within their songs.
“Twentieth Century” is a joyful listening experience. Its songs and storytelling transport the audience into Swansea Sound’s world—a place defined by classic indie music, punchy three-minute tracks, and cuttingly clever lyrics.
Swansea Sound’s “Twentieth Century” is a must-listen for indie music enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates well-crafted, witty storytelling through song. With its blend of nostalgia and modernity, this album is a testament to the enduring creativity of its talented members and a delightful addition to the indie music landscape.
SEVEN IN THE CAR
KEEP YOUR HEAD ON
CLICK IT AND PAY
I DON’T LIKE MEN IN UNIFORM
I MADE A WORK OF ART
MARKIN’ IT DOWN
PUNISH THE YOUNG
FAR FAR AWAY
GREATEST HITS RADIO
PACK THE VAN
09 Sep 2023: London, Rough Trade East, Album launch
14 Sep 2023: Manchester, The Talleyrand
15 Sep 2023: Cardiff, Moon Club
16 Sep 2023: Carmarthen, Cwrw
17 Sep 2023: Bristol, Rough Trade
29 Sep 2023: St Leonards, The Piper
30 Sep 2023: Paris, Popfest
13 Oct 2023: Leeds, Wharf Chambers
14 Oct 2023: Newcastle-On-Tyne, Cumberland Arms
27 Oct 2023: Brighton/Hove, The Brunswick
28 Oct 2023: London, The Water Rats
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.