Swan Song Series

Swan Song Series

by Tanya DonellyTanya Donelly


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Considering how influential her work with Throwing Muses proved to be, and how much success she enjoyed with Belly, it's surprising that Tanya Donelly's solo career has been so low key. While she quietly released three solo albums and a live set between 1997 and 2006, none of them received much notice from listeners or critics. And beyond serious fans, who knew that Donelly had begun releasing a series of EPs in 2013? But if she has been traveling under the radar for the better part of a decade, it would seem that's our loss more than hers. Swan Song Series is a collection that brings together the material from the five EPs Donelly released between 2013 and 2015, and it represents some of her most engaging and wide-ranging work to date. Featuring contributions from Robyn Hitchcock, Bill Janovitz, John Wesley Harding, and Rick Moody, among many others, Swan Song Series gives Donelly the space to slip into a variety of styles and personas. She shapeshifts from the slinky, late-night torch singing of "Let Fall the Sky" and the cool electronic pulse beats of "Viva Karaoke," to the growling rock guitars of "Tu y Yo" and the tongue-in-cheek Irish balladeering of "Tooreloo." She packs a welcome amount of variety into these 31 tracks (which would have comfortably fit on two CDs instead of the three discs in this package), and while much of what's here fits into the broad category of semi-acoustic indie rock, Donelly finds plenty of different avenues to explore within that framework. She hasn't lost a bit of her knack for graceful but engaging melodies, and the cool, literate tone of her lyrics and vocals is as strong as ever. Swan Song Series arrived as Donelly was gearing up for a reunion tour with Belly, but this music shows she doesn't need the framework of a band in order to show off her talent to its best advantage.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2016
Label: American Laundromat
UPC: 0616011914061
catalogNumber: 38
Rank: 32613

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tanya Donelly   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Fred Abong   Guitar
Carrie Bradley   Violin
David Brophy   Drums
Christopher Ewen   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Bill Janovitz   Guitar,Vocals
Gail Greenwood   Guitar,Vocals
David Narcizo   Drums
Thomas Gorman   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Dean Fisher   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Djembe
Damon Krukowski   Guitar,Vocals
Naomi Yang   Bass,Keyboards
Sam Davol   Cello
Chris Toppin   Vocals
Ed Valauskas   Bass
Hilken Mancini   Vocals
Anthony Saffery   Sitar
Eddie Carlson   Bass
Bob Kendall   Bass
Scott Janovitz   Keyboards
Will Dailey   Guitar,Vocals
Rachel Blumberg   Keyboards
Jimmy Ryan   Mandolin
Jacob Valenzuela   Trumpet
Manolis Famellos   Guitar,Ukulele
Brian Sullivan   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Russell Chudnofsky   Guitar
Rick Moody   Vocals
Wesley Stace   Guitar,Vocals
David Nagler   Guitar,Keyboards
Michael Hearst   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Theremin,Ukulele
Kraig Jordan   Synthesizer,Guitar
Don Sanders   Guitar
Steve Lawson   Bass
Adam Gold   Drums
Joseph McMahon   Bass,Piano,Upright Bass,Guitar (Baritone)
Tom Berglund   Drums
Pip Everett   Vocals
Mark Tomis   Guitar
Eleanor Davol   Cello
Chil Mott   Bass
Tom Chace   Piano

Technical Credits

Robyn Hitchcock   Composer
Fred Abong   Composer
David Brophy   Composer
Christopher Ewen   Composer,Programming,Producer
Bill Janovitz   Composer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Producer
Tanya Donelly   Composer,Producer
Thomas Gorman   Composer,Programming,Producer
Adam Taylor   Producer
Dean Fisher   Composer,Producer
Damon Krukowski   Composer
Naomi Yang   Composer
Eric Masunaga   Producer
Phil Palazzolo   Producer
Paul Harding   Composer
Claudia Gonson   Composer
Scott Rancourt   Producer
Scott Janovitz   Producer
Will Dailey   Composer
Matt Beaudoin   Producer
Andreas Vaitoudis   Producer
Manolis Famellos   Composer,Producer
Alex Hartman   Producer
Rafi Sofer   Producer
Mary Gaitskill   Composer
Brian Sullivan   Composer
Rick Moody   Composer
Wesley Stace   Composer,Producer
Rob Seidenberg   Composer
Michael Hearst   Composer,Producer
Kraig Jordan   Composer,Producer
Steve Lawson   Composer
Patrick Dicenso   Producer
Christopher Cugini   Producer
Joseph McMahon   Composer
Sue McNally   Paintings
Chil Mott   Composer

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