Published on June 21st, 2013 | by Daniel Rahe5
Falling for Swoon Records and Trevor Dickson
If you’re in Tacoma and looking for a summer soundtrack of rock music made locally, humanely, and free of harmful or intimidatingly exclusive additives, you will be thrilled to hear about Swoon Records.
To that thrill, add the delight of learning that Trevor Dickson, a Swoon artist, will be releasing a record on Friday (June 21).
Swoon is the result of a very sensible collaboration of like-minded musicians and their studio god (and label owner), Jeff Southard, bolstered by an impressive media team including Sean Alexander, Adam McKinney, and Abby Hooyer.
The musicians that call Swoon home are not unfamiliar in Tacoma. The label has been a magnet for members of influential Tacoma stalwarts such as The Wheelies and The Nightgowns, but is not exclusively local.
The music produced by the label is united by a distinctly “indie rock” sensibility and warm approachability, whether it be the acetate throb of People Under the Sun, the Pretenders-meets-Pavement jangle of Santee, the lilting sophistication of Tangerine, or the shambling intensity of Patrick Doherty.
Trevor Dickson’s (also of The Nightgowns) new EP Summer Legs is a more-than-worthy addition to an already remarkable pedigree.
Dickson’s voice is refreshingly unique, with an effortless range and a flirtatious crooning quality that fits his carefree but literate writing style. The songs recall classic dreamy pop like The Mamas and The Papas, but with gauzy layers of discord, compelling percussion, wandering keyboard lines, and deep, sighing piano chords. Summer Legs is neither heavy nor flimsy, and is very catchy – a cohesive work that displays both poise and humor. The closing track, “Oh My One,” is especially irresistible. I found myself trying to sing along to the final lines, not quite ready for the end of the record.
You can (and should) purchase Summer Legs in its entirety from the Swoon online store here…