Album Reviews

Various Artists - New Rides of the Swampriders
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 19:11
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So, apparently, the Furious Swampriders is a kind of strange collective of artists who contribute to even stranger compilation albums.

After Swampriders records in 1990, 1993 and 2001, the masterminds behind the project got together acts like 16 Horsepower, Woven Hand and Deborah Harry, among others.

As eclectic as the list of artists is, so are the songs on the record. But there are certain things that connect all of them. Every song has an eerie, gloomy kind of vibe.

This makes the whole album a very interesting one. And it gets you in a mood as if you're, say, Martin Sheen in "Apocalypse Now", steering your boat over the swamp, deep into a jungle that shows all of its strange faces.

"New Rides of the Furious Swampriders" would make an excellent soundtrack for a movie. Only thing is: you'll have to make up that movie yourself, and play it in your head while enjoying this record.

Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.