Swan Lake’s promo photo for its upcoming album, Enemy Mine (out March 24 on Jagjaguwar), looks like the Canadian trio brought together a Portuguese Jim Morrison, an Ivy League hipster from Vampire Weekend and my Irish uncle and called it a band. But amateurs the members of Swan Lake aren’t. Self-proclaimed “modern songwriters” Dan Bejar (Destroyer, New Pornographers), Spencer Krug (Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade) and Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes, Blackout Beach) have teamed up to create thoughtful indie jams reminiscent of the Walkmen or the Shins, mixing Belle And Sebastian-like lyrical nostalgia with random guitar plucks and car-seat-massaging bass. Like their band photo, the incongruity somehow works.
“Spanish Gold, 2044” (download):
“A Hand At Dusk” (download):