Curated by Imani Wj Wright
Here at SwanoDown, we listen to a ton of music on a DAILY basis. And during these days, of course, there are standout tracks. Below you'll find the 10 compositions we feel you should check out tonight, (or soon). We find these artists to be the most cutting-edge. And oh yeah, this is in no particular order... You decide!
Compositionally elevated songs by artists like Jeff Blank, Gavin Farrell, and Carolyn Barela, are all featured today.

Luis Paul- A Vanished Dream

There are so many complexities to which someone could interpret this title. One's dream may end because it's now become a reality. That could be a good or bad thing. Though, on the other end of the spectrum, a lost dream can symbolize a loss of hope or a memory which no longer can be grasped. Luis Paul comforts us through the keys on 'Vanished Dream'.

Richard Green- Under a Blue Moon

This piece has some very outward juxtaposing occurring. There are several melodies on this joint, and varying sounds that appear to almost be disparate. As you give it a listen, you ears can divert all over the place. But, one aspect of the track that stays consistent and in the forefront is the funky and free guitar play!

Francesca Anderegg x Matthew McCright- Ginastera Pampeana No. 1, Rhapsody, Op. 16

This performance of Alberto Ginastera's composition takes you in so many directions. From the suspenseful string intensive intro, to the sped up dance inspired middle section of the song- Anderegg, and McCright are masterful in their play.

latte noir- on the rachs

I see why the name is "latte", this piece is beyond perfect for a coffee shop. If i heard this piece in public, I'd tell everyone at my table to stop talking and give me a quick sec to Shazam it. The feel of this is blissful.

Sam Miller- Peace

Have you ever stepped outside during on a beautiful day and smelled the naturally alluring smell of newly blossomed flowers? The feeling can be euphoric. Sam Miller's "Lillies" re-creates that same feeling.

Carolyn Barela- Drew & Sarah

When you're living in a moment, sometimes you don't understand or appreciate it as much as you should. And there's nothing wrong with that. We all deserve a space to buffer. Though, as time goes by and things inevitably change, those memories and moments tend to have more meaning. Freely reminisce with Carolyn Barela's "Drew & Sarah".

Gavin Farrell- MF

This piece has so many elements that make it great. From Farrell's usage of horns, to his boom bap style of drums, "MF" creates a jazzy atmosphere that is groovy as hell and a straight up head banger.

Jazzanova- Saturday Night Special (Lyman Woodward Organization cover)

Jazzanova gives us a funky rendition of an already funky composition in "Saturday Night Special". The drum/percussion patterns used give the piece a new edginess that is almost undeniable.

Milli Beat$- April 20, 420 A.D.

Well sheesh! You want to talk about a hard ass guitar loop? This is it! Smooth would be an understatement for this track. Even down to the cover art, this piece is the definition of cool. Milli, we need this cover on a tee-shirt ASAP!

Jeff Blank- Properly Tuned Tastebuds

By far one of the most intriguing titles I've come across. Blank's composition derives from the original soundtrack of the film "I BAWL". This piece has a certain level of pensiveness to it which leaves you hanging a bit, but a beauty that keeps you fully grasped in the moment.

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