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EDITORS’ NOTES

Like the mythic character referenced in its title, Ulysses roams far with an adventuresome spirit. Current Swell use their fifth album to explore stomping folk (the title tune), dreamy stoner balladry (“Who’s with Us”), and raucous garage rock (“Sideways”) while capturing a stubborn honesty in their lyrics. Band leaders Scott Stanton and David Lang keep the sound rough-edged as they tear into the country-style blues of “Rollin’” and dip into the psychedelia of “Man of Maps.” Crunchy as a gravel road and tender as a fresh bruise, Ulysses is a very satisfying effort from the British Columbia combo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like the mythic character referenced in its title, Ulysses roams far with an adventuresome spirit. Current Swell use their fifth album to explore stomping folk (the title tune), dreamy stoner balladry (“Who’s with Us”), and raucous garage rock (“Sideways”) while capturing a stubborn honesty in their lyrics. Band leaders Scott Stanton and David Lang keep the sound rough-edged as they tear into the country-style blues of “Rollin’” and dip into the psychedelia of “Man of Maps.” Crunchy as a gravel road and tender as a fresh bruise, Ulysses is a very satisfying effort from the British Columbia combo.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

13 Ratings

good job again

carlos adão,

current swell has been part of my life, and since the first album they've never disappointed me. this album reflects the spirit of the band. it's awesome!

Best band I've never heard of

rockisnourishment,

This album - and frankly everything I've heard from this so called Current Swell is absolutely outstanding. Barred by no genre but masterfully dipping their toes in ponds across blues, rock, pop, psychedelia, bluegrass and more, this is very satisfying music with a soul and a purpose. I'm so excited to have found them and can't consume their music fast enough. Cheers gents, great job.

About Current Swell

A hard-working Canadian roots rock outfit from Victoria, British Columbia, Current Swell formed in 2005 around the talents of Scott Stanton, Dave Lang, Ghosty Boy, and Chris Petersen. Employing an eclectic blend of blues-rock, folk, surf, indie rock, reggae, and ska, the band has drawn comparisons to everyone from Jack Johnson and Blitzen Trapper to Xavier Rudd and the Black Keys. Current Swell built their fan base from the grassroots level, performing at house shows, beaches, and wherever else the wind blew them, all the while developing a strong internet presence that's earned them devoted fans both regionally and internationally. They released their debut studio album, So I Say, in 2005, followed by Trust Us Now (2007) and Protect Your Own (2009), the latter of which spawned the hit single "Young and Able." 2012's Long Time Ago, the band's first worldwide release, resulted in a world tour that saw the group land festival dates in Europe and Australia. 2014's Ulysses was produced by Nathan Sabatino (Dr. Dog, White Rabbits) at Vancouver's Greenhouse Studios and featured the single "Rollin'." Recorded in Nashville and Vancouver with Grammy-winning producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones), When to Talk and When to Listen, the group's third Nettwerk Records release and fifth outing overall, dropped in early 2017. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Victoria, British Columbia, Canad
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2005

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