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Swollows (20th Anniversary Edition)

by Samuel Andreyev

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    Bonus items:
    20th Anniversary Edition digital booklet (PDF) featuring complete lyrics, front and back cover images, and two previously unreleased photos.
    The "Swollows Palindrome Portrait" (JPG): an uncanny double portrait of Samuel Andreyev from two 1999 photos of the artist.
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Swollows 02:13
The Airways 02:31
Rond Eau 02:19
Swollowed 02:06


Samuel Andreyev's seventh album Swollows, completed shortly before the artist turned eighteen, was originally released on 10 October 2000. This premier offering from the Torpor Vigil label (paired, on a single compact disc, with Andreyev's preceding song cycle Twelve) garnered the attention of Van Dyke Parks who declared it "a champion musical adventure”—a phrase that not only encapsulated the spirited nature of the album but succinctly forecast the ensuing two decades of Andreyev’s career (and no doubt beyond). Those who’ve come to know his work more recently through recordings and concerts of his compositions by international ensembles, or by way of his distinctive 2013 return to songwriting The Tubular West, will be intrigued to hear this vibrant cluster of tunes whose palindromic title now seems the hinge connecting Andreyev’s early self-contained musical explorations with the symphonic trajectory first evident in Swollows. For this 20th anniversary edition, Samuel himself has remixed each track from the original analogue tapes and then mastered them according to the highest digital standards. It is an honour, and great fun besides, to reintroduce this marvellous album which my little label had the privilege of springing on the world exactly twenty years ago today.
Steve Venright
Torpor Vigil Records
10 October 2020


released October 10, 2020

Sam Andreyev - piano, virginal & vocals
Oscar Azahar - soprano & tenor saxophones
Bob Becker - percussion
Alan Carter - tuba
Rebecca Davies - horn
Cary Ebli - oboe & English horn
Russell Hartenberger - percussion
Bebhinn Jennings - flute & piccolo
The Pharoah Quartet - strings
Christian Sharpe - bassoon & contrabassoon
Marc Sherman - clarinet & bass clarinet
Mike Smith - double bass

Photography: Steve Venright
Engineers: William A. Davison, Steve Venright & Sam Andreyev
Technical advisor: James Blight

Composed, orchestrated & produced by Sam Andreyev

Recorded summer 1999 at Walter D. Edmond’s mansion, High Park
Mastered at Torpor Vigil Labs, Toronto
First released on compact disc on 10 October 2000

Remixed & remastered 20th anniversary edition released in digital formats on 10 October 2020


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Samuel Andreyev Strasbourg, France

Samuel Andreyev is a Canadian composer based in Europe whose work has been widely performed by some of the world's most acclaimed ensembles. As a singer-songwriter he has recorded several albums of distinctive pop music, most notably The Tubular West (Torpor Vigil Records, 2013).

Further bio details on the TVR website Artist page: www.torporvigil.com/012TVR/SectorPages/Artists.html
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