Swarvy’s Anti-Anxiety features an all star cast including Ivan Ave, Jeremiah Jae, Zeroh, The Koreatown Oddity, lojii, Pink Siifu, Versis, Vida Jafari, and Nelson Bandela (formerly Norvis Junior).
By now you know the production of Swarvy, musical polymath and Calidelphia incarnate – who has been perfecting his craft and releasing work modestly and assiduously over the past decade. He returns with Anti-Anxiety, his second vinyl release with Paxico following last year’s fearless, left-field-of-left-field BOP.
Here, we find a return to form and an ascension in his sound, which is so consistently and gracefully imbued with cosmic perspective and sublime, auroral warmth. This record is no exception and it shines in its totality of vision and cathartic affect.
On the one hand, the title Anti-Anxiety rings true to the timeless, live-session quality of the production, which is brought here to near-sedative and corporeal effect. On another, it points toward a philosophy of creation and living in which there are no hindrances to a pure expression of the self.
At the helm of all instrumentation, production, arranging, and engineering, Swarvy conducts everything so wholly and intimately that we approach zones so private and real, raw and focused, that each track feels as though it represents a different encounter in his life. This is represented very literally on tracks like “Lesson with Julian” which was produced as a demonstration during a private lesson for Swarvy’s student, Julian Apter, who is featured on guitar.
On the lyrical front, he enlists the minds and talents of many fellow stylers, such as LA creatives Koreatown Oddity, Zeroh, and Jeremiah Jae, Norwegian rapper Ivan Ave, plus more frequent collaborators lojii, PInk Siifu, and Vida jafari – who all sequentially push the momentum of the record’s storyline, as well as provide dreamy sparks of guidance for the imagination.
In all its wit, candor and virtuosity, in its highest highs and moodiest lows, Anti-Anxiety uncovers a timeless snapshot of a man, with his instruments and machines, musing on everyday life and its holy rhythms.
“Swarvy’s got plenty of tricks up his sleeve, and there’s no telling where he’ll end up next.” – Bandcamp Daily
“Criminally underrated” – Earmilk