Swansea formed in 2011 when Portland, Oregon music mainstays, keyboardist/singer Rebecca Sanborn and drummer Ji Tanzer recruited Kansas City multi-instrumentalist/singer Kyleen King to expand the sound of their long standing duo project. As a trio, in 2012 the group released their first full length album “Old Blood” and completed two tours of the western United States. Additionally, in 2012 Swansea found significant success in licensing music for a diverse array of films, including the track & field documentary “We Grew Wings” and the feature length, multi-award winning drama “Light of Mine”.
In 2013 Swansea was chosen to represent Portland by being included on the lauded PDXPOPNOW! compilation. In October they were caught on camera for Scott Ballard’s third feature-length film, Death On A Rock. Swansea is currently working on their second full length release with the help of John Askew (Neko Case, Wild Flag). Stylistically, Swansea combine artful narrative and atmospheric sweep with a touch of dancey, off-the-cuff toughness–often drawing comparison to LCD Soundsystem, Feist and My Brightest Diamond.
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Active Members: Rebecca Sanborn, Ji Tanzer, Kyleen King
Related Artists: None
Related Labels: Self Group
Releases | Debut album with Self Group out Fall 2016