Swallowed Sun is an alternative band from Atlanta, Georgia. The band is comprised of Savannah Walker (vocals), Aaron Hambrick (drums), Caleb Hambrick (bass) and Calvin Truelove (guitar) that released Strange Motions. Although young, the band is off to a great start and has all the criteria you need to thrive. They play into a relatively straightforward alternative sound with funky tendencies.
They get going with “Ghosts” which revolves around jangle-y, slightly muffled guitar, a driving beat and a bass that likes to keep it funky. It’s a catchy song with poetic lyrics. Walker sings, “Frightened by foreboding thoughts / Oh I just try to turn it off / Inside a dream I just get lost /What’s the cost?” There is a fairly long guitar solo as well.
“Swallowed Sun” sounded great. It’s a slower burn but is also dynamic. The melodies reminded me of listening to Pearl Jam when I was in high school back in the 90’s for some reason. Something about the guitar and general emotion the song had.
“Some Things” is another success for the band. They keep it very clean and pretty on the verse. Walker does a good job delivering the vocals which are a mix of emotions. The topics are deep and philosophical. She sings, “Watching like a screen complacently / Every hour seeps into your being / Changing like a feeling constantly / I can’t help the trouble that you’re seeing.”
“When Will I Be Gone?” isn’t nearly as depressing as it sounds. In fact it’s the funky bass that makes you want to bust a groove while listening to the insightful lyrics about the human condition.
Swallowed Sun is off to an impressive start. The band is so young they will have plenty of time to evolve and continue to expand. They do happen to be that age when people start going to college, which is often a band destroyer but hopefully that doesn't happen and we get to hear more from them.
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