Swim Good Now — fka Swim Good, aka Toronto producer Jonathan Lawless — is putting out a new album next month on Ryan Hemsworth’s Secret Songs label. Lawless is an inveterate collaborator who’s worked with everyone from Bon Iver to the Avalanches to Air France, and the last single we heard from the upcoming Daylight, … More »
Pop music — like all art forms with self-imposed limitations — should have run out of permutations and variations, and ought very well be eating itself right now. While the form, structure, keys, and themes might be at the point of infinite loop, other aspects like aesthetic and expression are the time in the space/time continuum equation that prevents things simply re-occurring at once.
Exhibit A: for aesthetic and expression is Swim Good Now (formerly Swim Good/ Jon Lawless) whose latest single “Daylight,” from his forthcoming debut album (tipped to be released in May on Secret Songs), takes a straight up mid-90s R&B song and turns it into something utterly now.
Slowed down to ambient with the gentlest of melodies tinkling along behind the rhythm, Lawless has assembled a would-be all-star group of outsider pop stars to trade vocals right up until “Daylight” has that emotional climax in the second chorus, and then lets the song drift off into the infinite deepness of the aura created during the four minutes of bliss.
While the vocal interplay between Lawless, Daniela Andrade, Aaron Mohr & Lontalius, and the production contributions from Secret Sound label boss Ryan Hemsworth all pack in all the longing, the mixing duties handled by ex-Avalanches sound maestro Darren Seltmann ensure the beauty in every second are crystal clear.
In a perfect world, all pop music would be this genuine:
We’ve been checking for Jonathan Lawless, aka Swim Good Now, since back when he was going by Swim Good. Back in 2014, our first encounter with him was “Grand Beach,” a collaboration with S. Carey and Daniela Andrade. Four years later, he’s getting ready to release a Swim Good Now album co-produced by Ryan … More »
Toronto’s swim good now (fka swim good, aka Jon Lawless) has been known to produce bumpin’ track after bumpin’ track, with a few slow (but still bumpin’) jams in between. Having frequently teamed up with contemporary Ryan Hemsworth, Lawless’ collaborative career will soon culminate into Daylight, a full-length record on … More »