The Union Trade | Now the Swell EP

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Now the Swell EP

by The Union Trade

Cinematic, post-rock, shoegaze, spacey guitar rock
Genre: Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental
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1. Strings Break
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5:31 album only
2. Violent and Beautiful
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6:57 album only
3. Hopeless
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4:24 album only
4. Green Fields
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8:51 album only

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The Union Trade’s music is in turns beautiful, atmospheric and dark. Moving from the spare and intense, to the massive and dramatic, expansive guitar sounds collide as rich vocals emerge from the feedback and electricity, creating dense melodies and cinematic walls of sound. Recorded at New Improved Recording, in Oakland, CA Now The Swell draws on alternative, indie and post-rock influences such as The Appleseed Cast, Mogwai, Longwave, Explosions In The Sky and Slowdive. The Union Trade channels this sonic ambition into carefully crafted songs with emotional immediacy and visceral impact. This is melodic/shoegaze guitar rock that is indie to its core but orchestral in mood, movement and force. Available formats: CD & Digital.


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James Wilks

One of the best musical finds I've ever made
The Union Trade's debut EP is exactly the kind of music that I've been looking for. It's beautiful, spacey, haunting, and memorable. The first two tracks, "Strings Break" and "Violent and Beautiful", are destined to become classics in the shoegaze/post-rock genres. The last two tracks, while not as shoegazey, are still just as great. "Hopeless" is probably the most radio-friendly track, since it's only a little over four minutes and has a verse/chorus/bridge pattern, and "Green Fields" is an epic, cinematic masterpiece that lasts over eight minutes. And as for the cover of the EP, I don't know if I've ever seen a more appropriate album cover. It's a simple shot of a neighborhood at night, with some street lights, and the faint sight of a car on a trail, approaching the main road. Somehow, this manages to perfectly capture the feeling of the EP. It's music that's best listened to at night, perhaps outside or in your car. I'm looking forward to their full-length debut, which is supposed to be out in the spring. Until then, I'll keep wearing out my copy of Now The Swell!

Tricycle Records

beautiful, atmospheric
"The Union Trade's music is in turns beautiful, atmospheric and dark. Moving from the spare and intense, to the massive and dramatic, expansive guitar sounds collide as rich vocals emerge from the feedback and electricity, creating dense melodies and cinematic walls of sound"

The Deli Magazine SF

Like space cowboys
Like space cowboys, The Union Trade mix the melancholy melodies of alt-country with the psychedelic sound-wash of shoegaze, for a blend that moves seamlessly through genres and should please fans of everyone from Mogwai to the Jayhawks.