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Swan Dive

  • 1. Day That I Went Home, The
    2. Better to Fly
    3. Goodbye September
    4. Circle
    5. Ordinary Day
    6. Rome Will Fall
    7. Charade
    8. She Dreams, And
    9. Groovy Tuesday
    10. Moodswinging
    11. Sweet Enemy
    12. Luckiest Girl in the World
    13. Heart of Glass
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4285

  • Credits
    ProducerBrad Jones

    This is an Enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks & multimedia computer files.
    Swan Dive: Bill DeMain (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Molly Felder (vocals, bass clarinet, percussion).
    Additional personnel: Brad Jones (guitar, bass, keyboards); Robin Eaton (baritone guitar); Chris Carmichael (violin, viola); David Henry (cello); Pat Bergeson (harmonica); Jim Hoke (flute, clarinet, saxophone, vibraphone); Neil Rosengarden (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ross Rice (keyboards, vibraphone); Mickey Grimm (drums, tympani, percussion); Fenner Castner (drums, tympani); Andy Sturmer (background vocals).
    Bill DeMain and Molly Felder, who comprise the folk-pop duo Swan Dive, tell a winsome story--how they found each other in a corner of a Nashville chain store somewhere around the Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 section of that musical world. That's as good a starting point as any for approaching the music on their self-titled U.S. debut, as two kindred spirits sculpting breezy, beautiful pop orchards. Far from the staid, awkward coffeehouse tandem, Swan Dive sets itself apart with brilliant musicianship. Primary songwriter DeMain reveals himself to be a direct descendent of the venerable Burt Bacharach, penning sweet melodies perfectly suited for Felder's breathy, almost-Dusty-esque vocals.
    "Circles," which found early and understandable success in Japan, is an infectious and breathtakingly peppy lounge piece. "Groovy Tuesday" catches the same vibe, somehow working in a pun on Tuesday Weld that isn't cringe-worthy, and gives a forum for the tandem to show off some harmonizing chops. DeMain teamed up with goofy folkster Jill Sobule to write the samba-jazz number "Moodswinging." And so it goes throughout this appealing introduction to Swan Dive, a welcome addition for anyone who loves a good melody.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (9/00, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Brings together the best of their work...The union is spiced with pert power pop motifs lifted to dizzy heights by De Main's ultra-catchy arrangements and Felder's warm, welcoming vocals....oozing passion."
    CMJ (3/27/00, p.32) - "...Their '60s retro vibe is undeniable..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (12/00, p.118) - "...Unmissable....the songs range from 'Groovy Tuesday', a succulent shuffle, to 'Ordinary Day', a sun-blessed samba, and the waltz into the sunset that is 'Goodbye September'..."
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