Powerpop revivalist R.E. Seraphin is transmitting some serious ear candy to the airwaves with his latest EP Swingshift. On his 2020 LP Tiny Shapes, Seraphin already hinted upon greatness, but there were also some songs that clicked less with me. On the Swingshift EP there are no weak moments. The five originals on the EP work on a superficial level in the sense that you don’t need to listen closely to appreciate that this is some quality guitar pop. It’s all too easy to fall for songs like Playing House and Big Break. But only a thorough listen will reveal the true power of these songs. There is a great deal going on and the instrumentation is top notch, layered and diverse – the top supporting cast Seraphin gathered for the recordings, including members of several ATW favorites like Yae-Ming & The Rumours, Sob Stories, Tony Molina and Mantles, surely contributed to this.
As a bonus, Seraphin covers I’ll be Around (Wipers) and This Time There’s No Happy Ending (Television Personalities), two solid picks and Seraphin’s execution is brilliant. Swingshift is out now on 12″ though Mt. St. Mtn and on tape through Dandy Boy Records and Safe Suburban Home Records (UK/EU).