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Richard Swift

The Hex

Secretly Canadian


Released: 14th Dec 2018


lp + download

Released: 14th Dec 2018


completed just a month before his passing, his final album eclectically & articulately meditates on the grief of losing loved ones, blending crushing emotional weight with hooky melodies & a raw production style.

on the absolutely gutting standout “Nancy”, the pain fueling Swift’s cries of “She’s never comin’ back” is a dark catharsis for anyone who’s ever lost a relative. Over a slow Wall of Sound kick & a warbling synth, Swift’s cries climb into what may be his most devastating vocal performance on record. An obsessive fan of Wall of Sound doo-wop, early Funkadelic, Bo Diddley, Beefheart & Link Wray, Swift gives them all a moment with the flashlight around ‘The Hex’ campfire. “On the final & best album from the acclaimed producer & overlooked singer/songwriter, a new intensity & urgency line even the most upbeat songs” 8.0 – pitchfork.

The Hex


  1. The Hex
  2. Broken Finger Blues
  3. Selfishmath
  4. Dirty Jim
  5. Babylon
  6. Wendy
  7. Sister Song
  8. Nancy
  9. HZLWD
  10. Kensington!
  11. Sept20