SWOLL is the minimal, low-end-heavy electronic project of Matt Dowling, who has played bass for a number of DC-based bands including Deleted Scenes. the EFFECTS, Paperhaus, and Joy Buttons. After the dissolution of Deleted Scenes in 2015, Dowling started working with Benjamin Schurr (Br'er/BLIGHT.Records) on a series of sparse, melancholic, yet hook-driven new songs. Utilizing limitations as a composition tool, the duo focused on a spare sonic palate of old drum machines, bass, baritone guitar and haunting synths. Stylistically, SWOLL marries elements of pop, electro, rock and trap with major emphasis on grooves. Dowling's falsetto floats atop chugging bass lines as a stark contrast to the dark growling beats, giving the music both an intimate and powerful presence.
released March 9, 2018
Matt Dowling - Voice, Baritone Guitar, Bass Guitar, Synth
Benjamin Schurr - Synth, Beats
Produced by Benjamin Schurr and Matt Dowling
Recorded by Benjamin Schurr at studio BLIGHT.
Mixed by Doug Walters at Myster Studio (LA)
Mastered by Calin Enache at District Sound Lab (DC)
Layout/Design by Benjamin Schurr
Photo by Kevin Chambers