The Secretly Canadian Newsletter

We realize that you’ve never heard of Richard Swift. We here at Secretly Canadian will change that. In fact, Richard Swift will consume your life. “The Collection Vol. 1” is a great place to start. “The Novelist” – Swift’s highly acclaimed, succinct, eight song, nineteen minute and thirty-eight second-long, audiophile archivist experiment – immediately ushers the listener deep into the recesses of Swift’s creative core for a kaleidoscopic trip aboard an intergalactic vaudevillian steamship with a speakeasy code-word. Yet, “The Novelist” is only one small manifestation of Swift’s entire musical manifesto and only one-half of this double-disc set. “Walking Without Effort” – the second disc in the two-disc set – is the first, and perhaps most deceptively complex, yet decisively understated, Swift release to date. A slight step eastward from the eclectic musings of “The Novelist”, “Walking Without Effort” intentionally paints another image, and baptizes believers born-again into Swift’s unique brand of sonic schizophrenia. Gramophones are replaced by 8-tracks and Persian rugs are covered with shag, as Swift nods to the early 70’s solo efforts of McCartney and Harrison, while waving to Burt Bacharach and Van Dyke Parks. They’re just passersby as he drives down main street in a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Don’t be scared, be excited that Swift intends on writing and releasing music until the day he dies and intends to never make the same record twice… not even on a double-disc.



Lady Day

Lovely Night

Sadsong St.

Blues for Mother

The Novelist

Ballad of Clifford Swift

Looking Back, I Should Have Been Home More

Walking Without Effort Theme

Half Lit

In The Air

As I Go

Above & Beneath

Mexico (1977)

Losing Sleep

Not Wasting Time