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From the unfiltered inner monologue of Calgary's Matt Swann, Astral Swans is the sound of time spent next to the radiator in a cold apartment. Swann's observations are stark and personal. His sonics are equally reminiscent of 60's folk, no wave and 90's sludge, and bring to mind images of the American underground's various eras. We hear hints of Nick Drake, Syd Barret and Vashti Bunyan interpreted via Guided By Voices, Sonic Youth or Chad Vangaalen (who produced Swann's previous project Extra Happy Ghost). He lacks the usual pretence of the "singer/songwriter" and one gets the feeling his cleverness is almost accidental; it's just what came to mind.