Canadian Pacific is the brand new full-length album from singer-songwriter Kyle Swartzwelder. And if this is “country & folk” then I want more. Swartzwelder’s music is so smooth, effortless, and flowing with an element of peace and beauty. Swartzwelder’s songwriting is concise yet very descriptive. Needless to say, Canadian Pacific a wonderful listening experience.
“Every noise gets amplified in the middle of the night” is the opening lyric of “Skin” – it’s a priceless song. “Around The Wheel” is another one of my favorites for “I’m too drunk to dream – let alone, drive”. That’s an excellent lyric but I love the softly sung “around the wheel” too. Even the traditional song “The Girl I Loved in Sunny Tennessee” has a glowing arrangement with beautiful backing vocals and standout drumming.
Canadian Pacific is an album that requires your complete undivided attention more so than the average album. This is a very cohesive album and each song adds more paint to the Canadian Pacific masterpiece and you won’t get that spectacular reveal unless you listen to the album in its entirety. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride – yes, this album would make a nice soundtrack to a good roadtrip. Better yet, catch Kyle Swartzwelder live at Burlap and Bean on Friday, December 21st.
[LISTEN] The title track from Canadian Pacific by Kyle Swartzwelder