Originally published on Lotus Magma (old site) December 2009
I was fortunate to acquire a copy of Dave's new album. Whilst I am not familiar with this style of music, I can see myself becoming rapidly converted. If you are like me and enjoy several different genres of music, or you are a techie at heart, then this is definitely for you. Even if you are not, Dave's album appeals to everyone.
I strongly feel these electro-acoustic instrumentations, field recordings and various unique circuit bent elements accompanied by the occasional song, will also be the future of music. It is nothing short of fascinating how the pieces are composed, and you find yourself more drawn in the more you listen. Trust me when I say I don't think any description I give here will do them justice. It is better to listen for yourself. If you wish to enquire about this album, go to the Gore Infidel website. If you are still not convinced, then Dave has recorded an exclusive session for Andrew Morrison's Dandelion Radio which will be aired throughout December.
Some more information about Dave Swain. He first came to prominence with the self-released single 'Sportive' in 2005 which was picked up on by the likes of Rob da Bank and Mixing It on BBC radio. The listener response was very impressive, and the debut album 'Istvan Zsolt's Plane Ticket' followed in 2006. In spite of having no management or music industry backing at all, the momentum continued to gather pace. The Wire magazine selected the track 'Media Monkey' for inclusion on The Wire Tapper 16 CD (December 2006) and a companion mini-album 'While You Were At Church' was released in October 2007, to an equally positive response from listeners and radio DJs alike.
When Dave started work on his second album he started to explore circuit bent instruments (i.e. old keyboards etc. that had been rewired to produce all manner of glitches and unexpected new sounds), and rather than simply sampling sounds as many IDM artists do, for example, Dave started to push these instruments to their limits and recorded many improvised pieces with amazing results. Again, people were very quick to pick up on these unique recordings and the 'Circuit Bent Selections' download e.p. (2008) attracted yet another wave of new listeners via extensive exposure on Resonance FM (On The Wire etc. and being interviewed live on ABC's The Sound Lab). He has also recorded exclusive tracks for Roger Hill's Pure Musical Sensations BBC show, and two sessions for Shane Quentin's cult radio show The Garden Of Earthly Delights.
The second album has now been mastered and was released on 14th September 2009. 'I'm Not Here, I'm Never Here' has again been given much support and plaudits by James Fenton, Jim Ingham and Roger Hill as well as receiving very favourable exposure from radio shows across Europe and North America.