Swaying Wires - 'I Left A House Burning' review
Swaying Wires’ second album dropped this month and it is little short of brilliant. With tones reminiscent of Wye Oak and Fleet Foxes, I Left A House Burning sounds familiar and friendly. If Swaying Wires had been around at the time of the folk revival pioneered by Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes then I guarantee that you would know their name. The Finnish four-piece have created something special with this album, and with Surrender being recognised on BBC Radio 6 they may find themselves getting worthy praise from larger media outlets.
Nowhere sounds like a track that could be produced by the very best, drawing similarities to Indie-Folk’s sweetheart, Birdy. And this continues throughout the album, but with a unique enough edge that it feels fresh and clean. The newness of this is perhaps shown by their track New Year which ends the album with a pure and innocent folky feel. Even on a first listen through, this album feels familiar and nostalgic and is portrayed perhaps partly by the penultimate track Ways To Remember which brings a new more slightly more sombre tone where the vocals could easily be misconstrued as Stevie Nicks in Rumours.
I Left A House Burning follows the 2014 release of Some Blue Sky, both under Brighton based Indie label ‘Battle Worldwide.’ It is easy to see the progression if the two albums are compared; I Left A House Burning feels much more cohesive and the song writing has matured into an understated and modest excellence.
Overall, Swaying Wires have produced an album worthy of high praise. I Left A House Burning provides an unusual mix of familiarity and unique freshness. Reminiscent of Fleet Foxes, Wye Oak, Birdy and Fleetwood Max to an extent, you have to wonder if Swaying Wires would be much larger had this album been released in a different time.