We’re glad to announce that Miami, Florida-based indie rock band Swivvel have released a new single, entitled “Contender.”
Swivvel are Mark, Jonathan, Nestor, and Jean – four long-time friends and Miami locals who got together during the peak of the pandemic during 2020. Being no strangers to the city’s music scene, Swivvel formed to keep some sanity during the lockdown and to make the kind of music that they had only before been dreaming of.
Swivvel’s influences include Tokyo Police Club, American Football, Empire! Empire!, Last Dinosaurs, Tricot, The Killers and many more. They’ve received airplay on local Miami radio stations, and have already released three singles, including “Off” and “Parlor Trick” (for which you can read our review here).
Swivvel’s latest single, “Contender,” features glossy guitar leads and thumping drums and bass, floating on theatrical synth textures. The track was self-recorded, and was mixed and mastered by Swivvel’s guitar player, Nestor (who has a Latin Grammy Award for music engineering).
“Contender” is introduced by punchy bass notes, while a wash of cymbals and dreamy, clean-toned electric guitar chords soon initiate the first verse of the track. Airy vocal melodies and imaginative guitar patterns create a lush, dreamlike atmosphere throughout “Contender”’s upbeat lyrical passages, which are complemented nicely by ethereal synths. The track’s bouyant melodies are punctuated by the creatively dynamic rhythms of the drums throughout its verses, while a driving beat brings a compelling energy to its catchy choruses. As the last notes fade at the end of the track, you can hear one of the band members chuckling, which nicely suits the lighthearted feel of “Contender” and leaves the listener in a positive mood. “Contender” is quite an enjoyable listen throughout, showcasing Swivvel’s brilliant songwriting and excellent musicianship; I would highly recommend this track to fans of indie rock.
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