Special to The Herald
NEW BRITAIN - New Britain musician Kendall Swan is excited about the recent release of his new album, “Soda Pop”, which can be found on Swan’s website, www.kendallswanmusic.com .
Swan incorporates elements such as effect pedals to complexify guitar riffs and beatboxing between vocals to add texture to songs. He singled out a particular effect that sounds like knocking on a “wooden plank in my dad’s basement.”
The beatboxing component of Swan’s music has not always been a part of the young artist’s recordings.
his exercise in vocal mimicry of drums and drum machines has only been in the 24-year-old’s music vocabulary since his days in high school.
In addition to his original music, he has done a fair number of covers of other musicians’ songs. Some of those titles include “Trailer Trash” by Modest Mouse, and the indie rock band Front Bottoms’ hit, “Flashlight.”
Swan states that the music that influences him most derives from “subgenres of rock,” ranging from artists like David Rawlings to singer/songwriter Gillian Welch. Both of those artists often collaborate on projects and in concert.
“Soda Pop” was released at the end of June. The album includes 10 songs, which Swan says are “all my own.”
When asked of his instrument of choice, Swan says, “Guitar is my primary instrument, but I play keyboard, piano, drums, and bass guitar.” He also says he has recorded a track featuring the banjo.
Swan is booking concert dates and trying to get a tour going. He has also been spending time recording songs for his next album.
When asked about where all this passion for music stems from, Swan recalled a story from his youth.
“My parents bought a keyboard when I was eight, and I’ve stuck with it since,” Swan said.
To get a better sense of the music Swan plays, check out his website.
Listeners also have the option of hearing tunes on his Bandcamp profile.
Additionally, his work can be found on YouTube.