Curated by Lukey Lenz
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 such as Nian Tong, Johnnie Lee, and Quinten Tyvon, are all featured today.

Lost (Alternative version)

O’o’s Lost is a beautiful piece of storytelling, told by an even more beautiful and haunting voice. This song sets the stage: An epic fall into the valley of despair, a slow and reflective climb back and then finally the legendary resurgence.

Nian Tong– I Eat Alone

I must admit, I watch a lot of movies. In those films, I discover a multitude of new songs from varying genres. When I hear this track it makes me think of a contemporary art film that takes place in a sunny and colorful venue.

Natalie– Torment

In this single by Natalie, she speaks to a person very sensually despite her disdain for them. The vocals are very clean and would be a perfect night club booper.

Johnnie Lee– Could’ve Done More

The highlight of this track is the instrumentation and the flow. There’s a clean electric sound that pairs with a lyrical bounce. This is a very unique track that Johnnie Lee has composed!

Quinten Tyvon– One More Time (Afro Remix)

This is an upbeat entry that speaks to a woman that Tayvon really wants to see again, and really wants to hold. Despite them not being very close any longer, he still sees what she does, and still cares. It’s carefully produced and Quinten uses the instrumental well.

Mike Baretz– Wrong

Learning the world is an incredible thing. As we grow older, we realize that we have less control of the events around us and even less, the people around us. Beretz is starting to feel this but is more accepting of his vote being wrong.

The Background World– Why

Those songs that have a bright and upbeat sound always sound that much better when they have a fair share of juxtaposition. The song sounds so happy yet its underlying message is really the important part and what we should truly be listening to. The Background World exemplifies this well.

Sam Tompkins– Lose It All

Immediately, we are introduced to a magnificent vocal performance. Sam Tompkins wields a monumental voice that conveys those deep emotional notes. On top of this, Tompkins also has created a very memorable flow, singing lyrics that can resonate easier.

amm– Overexposed

In a chilly dark room with a crisp echo, a soft vocal strikes us. Accompanied by the smooth and soulful Jon Keith, amm speaks to us about a life that is busy and overwhelming.

Alex Paclin– Hey Justine

A melancholic entry to this list, Paclin speaks to Justine in such a mild and caring tone. When I hear this, I think of a spring picnic and a field of flowers. I hope Justine gave him another chance.

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