Scottish writer and recording artist, Nassif Younes, better known as Swym has released his EP debut EP Your Distraction. The EP was mastered by Nick Watson (Deep Purple, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac) at Fluid Mastering, London. Swym’s debut single “Up To You” received support from tastemaker publications The Skinny and Music Week while his latest track ‘That’s So Drugs, Man’ was premiered by CLASH Magazine.
Influenced by a range of artists from Led Zeppelin, Daniel Johnston and Alt-J to Leonard Cohen, Bright Eyes and Bob Dylan, Swym’s sound has been labelled as ‘odd-rock’ or ‘quirk-pop,’ and he experiments with a host of unusual techniques, such as connecting all of his guitar pedals backwards, using an old 50s wireless radio as a guitar amp and singing pop vocal-solos over jazz time signatures.
Lyrically, Your Distraction has the markings of a poet, and the EP is a musical movement grounded in humanism – at times defiant and confrontational, yet executed with bittersweet comedy. Although it explores topics like apathy, indulgence, consumerism, social change and pseudo-relationships, Your Distraction is far from downbeat.
Speaking of the EP, Nassif says: “It is an EP about the things people do to deal with, or blur out harsh realities of life. The production of the self produced and mixed EP is a splattering of playful experimentation and the lyrics, though often dark, are laced with wit and wacky humour. ”
‘Your Distraction’ EP Tracklist:
01 Up To You
02 Black Wine
03 That’s So Drugs, Man
04 Useless Dreaming
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