Share New Single ‘The Hard Way’
”You’ve probably already seen SWANES on all the trendy Spotify indie playlists, the dreaded algorithm knows: they’re worth a listen“ – The 405
“SWANES merge hypnotising synths with their dreamy vocals” – The Line Of Best Fit
“A chilled out, laid back vibe lends itself to those looking to take it easy in the extreme heat” – EARMILK
“SWANES employs aqueous electronics and vulnerable, soulful vocals to speak candidly of personal struggles” – Bandcamp Daily
Radio 1-tipped Toronto duo, SWANES, comprising of brothers Michael and Stefan Bildy, are today sharing their butter-smooth new single, ‘The Hard Way’. The glistening new downtempo-R&B cut follows previous releases on French/Japanese label, Kitsuné (Parcels, Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco) and will be supported with a duo of dates in Toronto on July 28 at The Baby Gand August 6 at The Burdock. Both shows come in support of the Raptors’ recent NBA success story.
With its silky production, glittered with a compelling web of psychedelia, soul and R&B, ‘The Hard Way’ found inspiration, quite interestingly, from the brother’s somewhat infamous doomsaday-prepping relative, Bruce Beach. Beach owns one of the largest nuclear fallout shelters in Canada – The Ark Two – and after Stefan and Michael paid a visit to the shelter, ‘The Hard Way’ was coined, playing out as a concern with the rising threat of nuclear warfare.
Alongside tips from the likes of COLORS and Bandcamp Daily, as well as continued support from David Dean Burkhart’s esteemed YouTube channel, SWANES have found success on influential Spotify playlists such as ‘Indie All-Stars’ and ‘Fresh Finds’. The pair, who were recently highlighted by Australian electronic heavyweights, Future Classics (Flume, Jagwar Ma), have plans to tour North America extensively later in the year – dates to follow shortly.