Russell Swallow is an artist who’s combined two cultures and soundscapes into one, spending his last two years living between London and Berlin. It’s resulted in his music being a refreshing blend between the traditional British singer-songwriter and the ambient soundscapes of Germany.
Russell’s move to Berlin in 2016 helped establish himself as a solo artist – but eagle eyed readers might also recognise him as one half of indie-folk act Swallow and the Wolf Russell. He recently gave up a band that opened for Britpop veterans Dodgy, Will and the People, Mercury Prize nominees Sweet Billy Pilgrim – and more. He’s also moonlighting as an events promoter, boasting to have booked the likes of Lianne La Havas and Fiona Bevan early in their career.
So the end product is new single ‘Chemicals’, a powerful and ethereal introduction to the sound of debut solo EP AM-BPM. The single has a distinctive whiff of an artist looking to break away from the sound of his former act, and features guest vocals from Irish singer Kal Lavelle to make something truly special. Largely recorded throughout the night in an East London warehouse, ‘Chemicals’ emits the feeling of a late night drive in the city. The tracks reverberated swells and rhythmic crescendos beautifully marry acoustic and indie-electro elements in a lush, vocal-led gem. Listen below: