The Swifter

FLAC audio - 4 tracks - 46:21

Photography by Chris Bigg

Track listing:

1: End of Capstan Bars
2: Neap Tide
3: Swallow
4: Wave Guidance Allows Three

Drums & percussion: Andrea Belfi. Electronics: BJNilsen. Piano: Simon James Phillips. Recorded by Mattef Kuhlmey at the Grunewaldkirche, Berlin, September 2011. Mixed by The Swifter.


Introducing The Swifter – a new trio featuring Andrea Belfi (drums and percussion), BJNilsen (electronics) and Simon James Phillips (piano).

Their debut album documents the first encounter of the three musicians. Recorded live in the Grunewald Church, Berlin, careful attention was given to capturing the unique resonant acoustic offered by the airy, stone building, exhibiting the broad palate of aesthetic qualities the group are able to create. Subtly evolving sound worlds that evoke, at times, the loneliness within a ship’s hold; a relentlessly driven wall of harmonically rich sound or a sonic fog that lifts to reveal a delicate instrumental discourse.

Nilsen sources material from the soundboard of the giant Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand played by Phillips. This setup facilitates a oneness of sound that Nilsen subtly manipulates to either augment or contrast against the unique sonic world of Phillips’ playing – which is carefully punctuated or driven by Belfi’s distinctive style.

The album's cover features double-exposure photography shot by Chris Bigg (David Sylvian/4AD). Available as a limited edition vinyl LP and as FLAC download on The Wormhole, a byproduct of The Tapeworm.


The Wormhole introduce The Swifter - a new trio featuring Andrea Belfi (drums and percussion), BJNilsen (electronics) and Simon James Phillips (piano) - on three tantalisingly spacious live recordings made in the Grunewald Church, Berlin. The players operate in discrete discourse with the building's unique resonant architecture, using its airy aesthetic qualities and stone construction to deftly accentuate the harmonically rich tones and textures of their delicate gestures. Phillips plays a Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand, which is subsequently processed by Nilsen and punctuated by Belfi's fluid, distinctive style in a feedback system of measured, tempered sonorities. Their first piece 'End of Capstan Bars' starts out creaking and keeling, evoking "the loneliness within a ship's hold" but evolves into a gorgeous and minimal wash of spiritual jazz tones and tranquil bliss also recalling Edward Larry Gordon's 'Celestial Vibrations'; 'Neap Tide' is quieter, space afforded to the fluttering keys and pensile electronics; 'Swallow' the seductive centrepiece, evolves rippling drum patterns and plangent harmonics that diffuse like incense; with 'Wave Guidance Allows Three' Belfi locks onto an urgent, metronomic rhythm while Phillips' keys and Nilsen's electronics accumulate a stirring mass of energy, dissipating when Belfi flickers into impossibly dextrous double time.



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