The darkly sophisticated London duo Swoone, result of the unique combination of seductive vocals from Siobhan de Maré (Mono, Violet Indiana) and captivating music by Gary Bruce, is set to release debut album Handcuffed Heart via Saint Marie Records.
Siobhan de Maré (daughter of Tony Meehan, drummer of the Shadows) with her former band Mono entered the UK charts reaching the Top 20, while track ‘Life In Mono‘ was used for the soundtrack of the film Great Expectations featuring Robert DeNiro and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Siobhan went on to form Violet Indiana with the likes of Robin Guthrie, former guitarist of Cocteau Twins.
Gary is a self-taught composer and producer; he has no musical training or knowledge, his keyboard has the notes written on them pencil and he slowly develops guitar chords from scratch!
Instead of using musical theory Gary painstakingly creates a musical landscape navigated by feelings alone.
It is this probing of the heart that produces music that is refreshingly genuine and instantly arresting.
This is an album brimming with genuine emotions, depth and heartbreaking beauty.
Every song is a film in miniature, from a classic thriller, to David Lynch to European cinema.
Think Portishead‘s homage to John Barry with touch of 60’s soul and Eno-esque colour.
Diverse influences include 90’s trip hop, The Carpenters, Billy Holiday, dub, The Ronettes, shoegaze, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Chris Isaac, Donny Hathaway, Al Green and Pink Floyd!
There is no following fashion here, just the love of feeling music deeply.
Cavernous guitars, swelling strings and super cool beats; on top of it, stunning melodies and poignant lyrics delivered by Siobhan’s beautiful voice populate a gorgeously rich and cinematic aural landscape.