demo reviews

From Sounds XP:

“Given its rich tradition in folklore, it should be of little surprise that, along with the UK, Scandinavia has caught the folk/alt-country revival bug in recent years, with the genre threatening to outshine pop and indiepop as their biggest musical export to British ears. Beginning as the one woman project of singer-songwriter Tina Karkinen, Swaying Wires hail from the city of Turku in south-west Finland and have gradually filled out into a full band, recording a clutch of demo tracks that have caused more than a few listeners to prick up their ears.

With such a strong voice and universal sound (if you were told the band were English or American you’d have no reason to think otherwise) this cracking batch of tunes have the potential to generate widespread interest. Plans are in place to hit the studio in the summer to begin work on a debut album, and the fact that the band are inspired by lo-fi indie bodes well. What’s recorded so far isn’t exactly rough around the edges and it would be awful for the soul they have to be stripped away with too much studio trickery. ‘Brings Me Home’ and ‘Bluebird’ would sit happily on many acclaimed indie/folk records of recent years, so fingers crossed that they resist temptation to meddle with what is already a thoroughly decent sound. With these few songs Swaying Wires are already halfway to creating a debut album of some stature.”

From Bearly Rambling:

“Swaying Wires is a Turku based lo-fi indie/folk band formed in 2010. The story of Swaying Wires started in the studio apartment of singer-songwriter Tina Kärkinen. The band formed around Tina when guitarist Sami Lehtonen, bass player/ accordionist Nicklas Hägen and drummer Jussi Virkkumaa joined the band.
‘Blinding Nights’ is one of the earliest recordings of Swaying Wires (fall, 2011), which was later discovered by Jukka Lahtinen from Lionheart Records. Since then they have produced some amazing songs and Tina has a voice to die for.
‘Blinding Nights’ is a song about those evenings, that turn into nights, that turn into mornings. It’s about that surreal feel you get.
It also to a degree explains the bands name, the guitar playing on this track kind of reminds you of big wires, clashing together – but in a good way.”

From Russian music blog Against The Odds.
“Swaying Wires is a young and very charming band from Turku, Finland. What began as a one-woman project of Tina Kärkinen quickly turned into a full-fledged band with the addition of Nicklas Hägen, Sami Lehtonen and Jussi Virkkumaa. What I like about them is the wonderfully played folk which is complimented by the delicate and emotional vocals of miss Kärkinen. So mesmerizing her singing is that I still can’t stop listening to “Brings Me Home” which is by far my favorite song. According to the press info the band will hit the studio this summer to start recording their debut album expected sometime next year. Until then enjoy these four great songs.”

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