Curated by Sytcr
Here at SwanoDown, we listen to a ton of music on a DAILY basis. And during these days, of course, there are standout tracks. Below you'll find the 10 compositions we feel you should check out tonight, (or soon). We find these artists to be the most cutting-edge. And oh yeah, this is in no particular order... You decide!
Compositionally elevated songs by artists like Marshal Herridge, unusual demont, and the bottomline, are all featured today.

Stevie Zita – Ghostbuster

'Ghostbuster' is an excellent track that gives us some of the best features of the alternative/indie rock genre: a very catchy guitar riff, and emotional lyrics. Stevie Zita’s delivery and vocal performance are both outstanding, and the emotion shown throughout the song made this track one of my personal favorites.

Marshal Herridge - A Day Too Late

This is one of the most peaceful tracks I’ve heard in a while. 'A Day Too Late' has its sounds rooted within the genre of Bossa Nova, and brings phenomenal vocals from Caity Gyorgy, impressive jazz improvisation throughout the piece, and a beautiful flute solo to tie everything together. An extremely pleasant and excellent listen all the way through.

the bottomline – HADES

‘HADES’ is an extremely unique and fascinating jazz track. It features some absolutely beautiful piano work, and a cinematic feel to the production. The chord progression featured in this song struck me immediately, as did some of the vocals. I’d describe it as “off-putting”, or maybe just weird. I didn’t really know how to feel about this track on the first listen, but as a music fan, sometimes you have to sit with tracks for a little while before you judge them. Fortunately, discomfort is often one of the makings of great music, and with a song titled 'HADES', it seems to match the theme immensely well.

Nick Campbell Destroys x Jacob Luttrell - Fancy Jeans

When a song has its first word as “sex”, you probably should expect sum' different right out the gate. 'Fancy Jeans' is an excellent take on the recent wave of re-popularizing retro funk. This instrumental takes us to so many different places and has an extremely catchy melodic motive that’s going to be the first thing you remember from this song. The vocals are phenomenal and give us the perfect amount of energy needed for a sound like this.

Belaganas – Jaywalkin

This one right here is so much fun to listen to. The energy on this track is insane. Combine the aforementioned with excellent delivery, flow, and an incredible instrumental- you get the entertaining Belanganas track, ‘Jaywalkin.’

unusual demont – Sugar

'Sugar' is such a sweet-sounding track. [U]nusual demont combines influences from lofi and R&B in this track and gives us superb vocals. A common feature in lofi is that there’s usually a lot of space left by the instruments to give it that simple and minimalistic sound. [D]emont takes this extra space and performs with a lot of personality here. This one was a really smooth listen.

S-X - It's Over Now

This song feels exactly like driving through the city late at night. The airy and wide chorus with well-performed vocals gives off that feeling so well. It sounds like there’s so much going on, but the track is kept simple in the best way possible, giving this piece such an entertaining aura.

Valley Boy - Every Button

Valley Boy has got some incredible singing abilities. The falsetto and head voice control was extremely impressive, and this song uses the perfect amount. There’s a lot of songs out there where the performer will just stay in falsetto for the entire track, which often removes the excitement and feeling of “getting to the next step” which falsetto brings. 'Every Button' features this incredibly well, and throughout the track, it gives the desired feeling of arriving to location within the song’s structure. Undoubtedly great performance here by Valley Boy.

FM Wu x Chris Chase - John Wick

These vocals are brutal. The song highlights very dark and hauntingly delivered vocals from FM Wu, and a piano track that brings the same amount of gloom. Chris Chase does what a feature is supposed to do and brings a distinctive sound while sticking to the overall theme very well.

MOLTENO – Moonlight

This song uses dissonance very well to create a transitional feeling. The synth work and vocal harmony swells featured in 'Moonlight' were beautiful- almost transcendent at times in the chorus. An overall beautiful electro pop track.

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