Merry Christmas from Tire Swing Co.

Here’s a little musical stocking-stuffer for anyone who’d like to have it. There’s a hidden bonus track that comes with the full-album download. If you dig the music and you feel like giving the brand new Tire Swing Co. Facebook page a “like”, that’d be swell too.

Title track aside, none of these songs really sound like they would have fit on INAMORATA. Each one goes someplace a little different. Jim Meloche (lead vocalist in Orphan Choir and Worry) contributes some great fiery vocals to “Closet”, and though he’s the only guest this time, he makes it count. His voice adds something special to the fabric of the song. That second chorus is just gigantic.

There are a few new sounds floating around in the mix — backwards lap steel on “Red Dress”, djembe on “Time Away” (thanks to Gord for reminding me I had that thing and helping me figure out how well it records), and if I told you what the eerie, mangled sample that comes in during the first instrumental break on “I’d Name You Aubrey” is, you probably wouldn’t believe me.

No one includes the musician credits in the lyrics tabs on Bandcamp. Ever. It’s something I’ve never understood. To find out who played what on any given song, assuming the information has been provided in the first place, you have to click on each individual track. That bugs me. Not only is it a series of clicks you shouldn’t have to make, but it always disrupts the flow of whatever you’re listening to, pausing whatever song is playing for a few seconds if it doesn’t stop it altogether.

Not this time. Not on my watch. I haven’t worn a watch in more than half my life, but never mind. The musician credits are hanging out with the lyrics where they should be, right there on the album’s main page where you can see them. All you do is click and they appear. Won’t you click along with me?


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