Schwervon have released ‘Courage’ the album they recorded in Memphis with legendary indie rock engineer Doug Easley whose credits include Sonic Youth and Cat Power.
‘Courage’ sees Schwervon venture into more harmonious indie pop territory than they have explored previously, and vocally Nan and Matt have never sounded so passionate.
Working with Easley seems to have ironed out certain rough edges* that appeared on past glories like ‘Low Blow’ and ‘Poseur’, on ‘Courage the material is mature and melodic while the production gives the duos songs a sugar coated veneer.
Of the 8 tracks presented here possibly only ‘Dog Got Your Cat Tongue’ retains the dynamic edge of old, that is not to say the new album is weaker – it isn’t, Matt and Nan have crafted a wonderful record and it is genuinely great to hear them evolve.
‘Truth Teller’ featuring Frances McKee of The Vaselines on backing vocals is perfect indie pop that radiates cool, while the slow build of ‘Cyclone’ draws you in to it’s lush, beautiful arrangement and at 5.20 is the longest track here.
If I have one criticism it is that ‘Courage’ is too short, at only 8 tracks many of which are under the 3 minute mark this feels more like an extended EP than an album but it is hardly being critical to say that something is so good that you want more.
*bring back the ‘rough’ edges! 7.5/10
Courage is out now priced just $7.00 and Schwervon are currently touring to promote it’s release, they hit Europe for several dates this month and in Novem http://schwervon.bandcamp.com/album/courage
Here is a live video of ‘Truth Teller’ just to get you in the mood.