Russell Swallow is one of those lucky pre-Brexit kids who spent two years living between London and Berlin. His sound is a refreshing synthesis of the classic British singer-songwriter tradition blended with ambient Berlin soundscapes. He uses confessional lyrics and allegorical storytelling to create songs that range from hushed, prayer-like confessionals to soaring, indie epics.
Swallow established himself as a solo artist after moving to Berlin in 2016 and has since toured extensively throughout Europe, playing over 300 shows in seven countries, with festivals in London, Germany, Switzerland and France. He has been support for the likes of Kimberly Anne, Leddra Chapman and Kal Lavelle and performed at venues such as Kantine am Berghain (Berlin), Green Note & Union Chapel (London).
Inspired by the likes of Bon Iver, Jeff Buckley, and Jon Martyn, Swallow taught himself to write songs by blending his passion for poetry and short stories with his newfound love of indie-driven sounds, whilst growing up in Suffolk.
Songs from new EP Birds Of Prayer arrives this Autumn. Recorded with producer Rhiannon Mair (Palm Bay Music) and mixed by Bruno Ellingham (Massive Attack, Spiritualized) the record captures Swallow’s haunting vocals, shimmering electric guitar and lush electronics.
An avid supporter of London’s independent live music scene, Swallow books acts under the moniker Beatnik Events, including booking Lianne La Havas, Bryde, Fiona Bevan, & Kimberly Anne early in their careers.
'Dreamy folk-inclined songwriting meets subtle electronics...new single Chemicals features Kal Lavelle, and the two combine to make something truly special' - Clash Magazine
'a sweeping groove laden melody...Russell Swallow mesmerizes with his latest composition Chemicals' - Diamond Deposits
'a powerful and ethereal introduction to the sound of debut solo EP AM-BPM. ... the feeling of a late night drive in the city. (Chemicals) reverberated swells and rhythmic crescendos beautifully marry acoustic and indie-electro elements' - Too Many Blogs
'Russell Swallow delivers a modern day gem for the masses in “Chemicals”... the track has a way of delivering a certain vibe that pulls the humanity inside of us out into the open...listen, enjoy and remember that the chemicals inside of you need you to find the spark that is waiting out in the world...add passion to your life' - Wolf in a Suit
'clearly a man with poetry in his soul' - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
'pouring his heart out with killer songs' - Sofar Sounds
'very, very beautiful' - Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music
'deeply wonderful...beautiful songs of love and heartbreak' - Daylight Music, Union Chapel
'fulsome pop lushness...poetic lyrics and self-exploration with Russell’s subtle grasp of what makes a good tune great' - The Canteen, Bristol
Russell Swallow’s tracks