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CD ANDREW SWIFT RATTLESNAKE CHOIR Up with the anchor review

ANDREW SWIFT AND THE RATTLESNAKE CHOIR

Up with the anchor (EP)

2013

 

A NEW SHINING LIGHT

 

Australian snakes don’t get a look in in the world of Rock and Roll so it’s no surprise to see Melbourne’s Andrew Swift backed by a Rattlesnake Choir (Rattlesnakes are of course more musical). OK now that that’s off the chest… This nautically themed EP is a great introduction to an artist who has a knack of writing a hook in the same way that someone like Butch Walker does. That’s not to say they sound that similar, just that they have a particular skill with melodies that are slightly less obvious. Opening track ‘The Dockland Lights’ is pure Australian Power Pop, lyrically referencing that bright new part of the Melbourne Cityscape. It’s a great song and perhaps our favourite here, though there’s plenty of competition with single ‘Refer to the Atlas’ maybe a little darker and grimier, but with no less of a hook, following right behind…  

 

 


‘Sorry Holly’ also hits the spot making it an EP well worth investigating. It’s a looser song with some nice atmospherics and a strong chorus that is almost Placebo-like in its intensity.

 

 


By contrast ‘Restless Hearts’ takes a more stripped back, acoustic tack, expansive and open it feels like being out there drifting peacefully on the ocean and leads nicely into the similarly gentle closer ‘Making the Nouveau Riche’ which almost has a Billy Bragg like honesty too it and bleeds beautifully into a handclap refrain that both freshens the song up after the instrumental interlude and adds weight to a great composition. Like everything else on this EP it’s very good. You should be keeping an eye on these guys. There’s a lot to offer on the basis of these 5 tracks.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD ANDREW SWIFT RATTLESNAKE CHOIR Up with the Anchor review 2013