CD: Swamp Baby’s “All Fours”

Swamp Baby: All Fours(Collar City Records, 2010):

Sometimes Swamp Baby sounds like Gram Parsons on quaaludes with the volume turned down to three.

Now, some bands might be pissed off with a comparison like that, but I’m guessing that Swamp Baby isn’t one of them.

And I certainly don’t mean it in any kind of a derogatory sense at all. I like Gram Parsons. And quiet music. And ballads, too. Although you can keep the quaaludes.

The music has an appropriately swampy sound that swirls and drifts between your brain synapses like it’s perpetually 3am. Smokey sounds that curl around your ears like wisps from Lucky Strikes and then fade away into nothingness.

Nick Matulis’ hushed vocals at times become nearly inaudible whispers, entreating you deep into the delicately interwoven dreamscape of Megan Hotter’s violin, Mike Hotter’s restrained electric guitar and Frank Moscowitz’s evocative keyboard atmospherics.

The music is so translucent, so evanescent, so utterly ephemeral that it seems as though it might completely evaporate into sweet silence at any moment.

The band’s website says that there are three hidden bonus tracks, in addition to the 10 songs listed, but they must be very well hidden indeed. I’m sure they’re lovely, even though I haven’t heard them. Not that I’m complaining about being short-changed – not by any means. This Swamp Baby debut sounds just perfect the way it is.

Swamp Baby is slated to make a rare live appearance on day two (Sunday) of Rest Fest at St. Joseph’s Church in Albany. Admission is $15.

  1. Kevin Marshall says

    I loved this freaking album and can’t wait to see them on Sunday.

  2. Swampie Bee says

    Wow, thanks for the awesome review! As our “mission statement” of sorts, All Fours will always be dear to our hearts –

    We started recording the sequel just this past weekend (have about 15 or 16 rough tracks down right now!) – judging from the results, we have discovered cafffeine and turned the volume up to about 8 or 9 : )

    Swamp Baby

  3. Matthew says

    Mmm… quaaludes. Nice one!

    To follow-up about the bonus tracks – they are included when one purchases the CD (or digital download) from the BandCamp interface that is the front page of They will appear in the zip file which downloads after purchase.

    It should be noted that there are less than 25 copies of this gorgeous 6-panel eco wallet CD left, which will probably be completely sold out after Rest Fest.. get while the getting is good!

  4. Greg says

    Matthew: Thanks for clearing up my bonus-track confusion…

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