Five Questions With Astral Swans

Photo Credit: Ben Painter

Calgary songwriter, Matthew Swann aka Astral Swans is set to release his new album, Strange Prison on May 18 via Calgary’s Saved By Vinyl, Tokyo’s Moorworks, and Netherlands label Tiny Room Records. The album is co-produced by Preoccupations’ Scott Munro, Arts & Crafts artist Dan Mangan, and Paul Chirka (recording engineer for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra). You can pre-order the album HERE.

Recently, Astral Swans has released a video for the single, “Controls”, which you can check out below. While you’re at it, be sure to check out our Five Questions With segment and find out more about Astral Swans and where you can catch them live in the coming months!

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Matthew Swann. I am a young, ultra rich human songmaker, fighter pilot, and model from Calgary, Canada.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I very much write on a whim. Something moves me – perhaps another artist’s music, or visual art, or film, or the weather, or random sensations from the void, etc, and a melody will come. iPhones help, cuz when the melody comes you sing it into the machine, and it’ll deliver it back to you on demand, and you don’t forget the rare treasures the universe has gifted you. Can I get some free Apples for that plug?

Do you have any upcoming shows?

I do have upcoming shows! Here’s a list 🙂

May 17 – Calgary, AB – Broken City (LP Release)
May 19 – Lethbridge, AB – The Owl
May 25 – Matsumoto, Japan – Give Me Little More
May 28 – Kochi, Japan – Chaotic Noise
May 29 – Omiya, Japan – Hisomine
May 30 – Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan – Tsutaya O-Nest
May 31 – Nagoya, Japan – k.d.japon
June 1 – Osaka, Japan – Chika Ikkai
June 2 – Hiroshima, Japan – Space 092 Banquet
June 3 – Kagurazaka, Tokyo, Japan – Kagurane
June 4 – Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan – Home
June 9 – Vancouver, BC – Massy Books (Solo)
June 16 – Turner Valley, BC – Eau Claire Distillery
More will come!

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

We just recently released two new singles: “What Are You Gonna Do With Yourself”, and “Controls.” I would be very humbled if you listened to either. Both have videos that I really love. I also like the title track to the new record Strange Prison.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/artists?

Some of my fav Canadian artists include: Eric’s Trip, Child Actress, Sara Davachi, Godspeed/Silver Mt Zion, Willie Thrasher, Sandro Perri, Preoccupations, Faith Healer, Fiver, tigerwing, Chad Vangaalen, the organ, Hayden, Destroyer, Dog Day, Drake, Kaytranada, Dan Mangan, last ex, Tim Hecker, Rick White, Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Sadies, Jennifer Castle, and US Girls to name a few. Thanks so much for supporting Canadian musicians 🙂

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