Festive Road

by Ben Calvert & The Swifts

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD with 12 page booklet in low-emission, recycled board WeWow Wallet.

    ‘Introspective and often melancholic vocals offer the perfect picture window to redeeming an era of sound from the likes of Nick Drake. The orchestral sounding magic rests with his band who have a rich full sound. Folk music served up with a splash of dark psychedelia.'
    **** Folk Radio UK

    ‘Gentle, lilting lyrics stir up echoes of Belle and Sebastian. The lo-fi production adds a charming intimacy. A great creation.’
    For Folk’s Sake

    ‘Captures gritty scenarios and balls them up into tunes of semi-surreal indie-folk.’
    The Fly

    'The jaunty Valpolicella Girl is a kindred carnival spirit to (The Beatles) Maxwell’s Silver Hammer'
    NetRhythms

    'A stunning collection of melancholic post-folk and classic English story telling all wrapped up in a blanket of strings, organ and piano. Ben possesses a croon that brings to mind Scott Walker, whilst the music ranges from sparse and stripped to near orchestral as The Swifts weave a majestic spell. Festive Road is a mesmeric, enchanting affair showcasing a master craftsman at his very best.' Rhythm ‘N Booze

    Includes unlimited streaming of Festive Road via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 13 Ben Calvert & The Swifts releases available on Bandcamp and save 35%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Dartington Dreams and Nightmares EP, Green Ginger Wine, Flee (Rich McMahon Mix), Bright Eyes, The Sea, The Sea, Valpolicella Girl, Festive Road, Everybody Loves Lucy, and 5 more. , and , .

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Clockwork clowns! A weak strongman! A ringmaster on his last legs! An adulterous love affair!

There’s fun and darkness aplenty at the circus on the end of the pier…

Northern English strings, maudlin horns, a church organ, a bluesy piano, and toy instrumentation join guitars and drums on an album that nods schizophrenically in the direction of both Scott Walker’s darkest moments and Syd Barrett at his most acid-soaked and child-like.

‘Introspective and often melancholic vocals offer the perfect picture window to redeeming an era of sound from the likes of Nick Drake. Ben’s voice has a quirky edge that is reminiscent of a male Vashti Bunyan. The orchestral sounding magic rests with his band who have a rich full sound. Folk music served up with a splash of dark psychedelia.”
**** Folk Radio UK

‘Gentle, lilting lyrics stir up echoes of Belle and Sebastian. The lo-fi production adds a charming intimacy.’
For Folk’s Sake

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released October 31, 2011

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Ben Calvert & The Swifts Birmingham, UK

Ben Calvert & The Swifts’ psychedelic alt-folk first saw the light of day in front of a few hundred avid ears and eyes when they played Moseley Folk Festival September 2010.

In October 2011 the band’s debut album Festive Road was released to critical acclaim.
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