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 Backwater Township, BrandonLee Cierley, and Elijah Newkirk, are all featured today.

Jude Leighton– Beanie’s Bossa

Have ever been on a boat? I embarked on a cruise not too long ago and one of the main things that stood out to me was the music. Jude Leighton’s Beanie’s Bossa reminds me of the lively songs that were played at night during my trip. It has a masterful use of the sax and an inviting use of percussion and piano.

Backwater Township– Gesalul (Love)

Boasting a more somber and relaxed tone in the beginning, Gesalul reminds me of hard work. We all know what it's like to create something—it can be tedious and mind numbing but the end result leaves the creator feeling accomplished. As this song progresses it turns into a more energetic and appreciative piece.

Slumberville– Norrland

Using a bright wind instrument, Slumberville puts a twist on your typical “chill and study” track. The horn adds a medieval sound to an otherwise contemporary track.

godchild– preconceived notion

A very curious track that gives me an air of mystery. It’s soft instrumental and pertinent percussion drives the listener to wonder more.

schōnborn– Schlaflos

With the rise of TikTok we’ve seen songs like this utilized for a healthy mix of content. It’s calm nature makes it perfect for time elapse, DIY, fitness, and Get Ready With Me videos. Schlaflos is a very fluid and serene track.

BrandonLee Cierley– Multnomah

I remember watching the film Whiplash and a lot of the songs were supposed to be mild but because of how far the protagonist was driven to perfection by his mentor, he decided to upstage his professor and make a rather mild track into an extraordinarily energetic one. BrandonLee Cierley evolved this track from mild to spicy!

Rytas– Europa norėjo miego

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

Sasi Shalom– Nedyaj

As I got older, I started to really understand the importance of showcases. Sasi Shalom has composed a track that is worthy of being played at contemporary spectacle. With its triumphant horns and hard hitting drums, it would be perfect at anart gallery or statue unveiling.

Elijah Newkirk– i’m sorry.

Having been recorded in a couple different places (West Palm Beach, Florida and São Paulo, Brazil) i’m sorry. has a cultivated and well composed sound. The strings tell a story of losing something and finding a way to work past it. This is definitely one for those contemplative moments.

Jacob Roved Quintet– The Last Exit Before Dawn

What’s jazz music if you can’t dance to it sometimes? The instrumentation and pacing of this track makes you want to kick on your clickiest shoes and find the hard wood.

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