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 each track so wholly and intimately that we approach zones that feel so private and real, raw and intense, that each moment forms the linings of memories and adds color to each image.
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.