When singer-songwriter, producer and musician’s musician Richard Swift died tragically in July at the age of 41, he left behind a completed album – his first solo record since 2009.
According to a press release, The Hex was conceived sometime in 2012, really finding its conceptual footing in 2016, and finalised in the month before his death with plans for its release already in place.
It includes a song about Swift’s mother (“Wendy”) and his sister (“Sister Song”) whom he lost in back-to-back years, as well “Dirty Jim”, an ironically jaunty and buoyant song about substance abuse; the lies you tell yourself in its grip; and the loved ones you hurt along the way.
The album is released digitally today – hear it below:
A physical release of The Hex follows on December 7 – pre-order it here.
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