Yes, it’s out: Zafari! You can now download my new album, directly from this website.
Let me tell you a little more about each track on this new A.S. Swanski release.
For reasons unknown to me, it’s nowadays common to call music “dark” as soon as it differs from the rubbish you hear on mainstream radio. I have no doubt someone will call Zafari’s opening tune “dark”. Nevertheless, it started as tongue-in-cheek uptempo synth pop, a bit like Yello. I adore Yello but whenever I feel something starts to sound like another band, I change it. In this case, this fun little tune came out.
The oldest track on Zafari. Creepy, some have said, but a dream (Traum) isn’t always made of milk and honey. I don’t like milk and honey, anyway. I love the simple piano motive. This whole album is characterized by simple piano motives, now that I think of it. I always prefer one note over twenty, if it sounds right. And I can’t think of any more beautiful than a piano sound with a ton of reverb.
Released as a single, a few months ago. Quiet, ambient, melancholic, instrumental. It’s not the type of track any sensible artist would release as a single, but I wanted to break down expectations. Zafari is different from the Deckare album I did last year. I thought releasing a single that was hardly recognizable as an A.S. Swanski track would be a good move to emphasize this. I know, it’s tough being an A.S. Swanski follower. (more…)