Swampdwarf: Swamp Harbour
By Bing Turkby
Swampdwarf play ‘swamp instruments’ like keys, pedals, “homemade stuff”, guitar and “attitude”. There’s a fair amount of distortion and perhaps some kind of looping going on – as they themselves say, “We try and use our music to ignore the rest of the world”. It’s like Tall Dwarfs without melody, or regard for an audience. I guess you could call this style of music ‘experimental noise’. Taruja Records, who released this, call it ‘lo-fi’, but I have a suspicion that, on the contrary, the album is very faithful to the sound of the band and they actually meant to say ‘distorted and odd.’ (Not a bad thing in itself.) I commend Taruja for promoting music that they feel deserves to be heard, because it is “genuinely different from anything else out there”. If you’re into strange noisescapes then you might enjoy this, there are some interesting textures on display, but sadly by track three a lot of it starts to sound the same.