Seth Swirsky – Songs From The Green Couch
By now you’re probably familiar with Seth Swirsky from his 2016, critically acclaimed album, Circles and Squares. If not, perhaps from his retro Red Button releases or the hit songs he’s written for Al Green, Tina Turner, Air Supply, Taylor Dayne and Celine Dion. Or maybe his NY Times bestselling coffee table book about baseball. Regardless, you’ll be glad to hear that his latest effort, Songs from the Green Couch, has just seen it’s release through Lollipop Records (April 8).
Written over a two-year period during which the author cycled through a relationship that reached its painful conclusion, Couch covers a lot of emotional ground. Best of all, old fans can expect more of the same – great songwriting, engaging melodies and brilliant production. Upon hearing Couch, if you’re not already a fan you may become one.
The opening track, “Sunny Day” is a philosophical piece. The message is that despite what chaos you may be experiencing in your life, the sun still shines. One only needs to pause long enough to take it in.
The infectiously melodic “I Don’t Want to Lose You” is an immediate favorite. The hooky chorus will grab you by the throat and demand that you sing along. A delicate piano piece, “Cashmere Sweater” is not only as beautiful as it’s subject but Swirsky rhymes Tchaikovsky with coffee. That’s a first as far as I know and makes me a bit jealous, if truth be told.
Sixties psyche meets 90’s guitar riffs with “Whatever Happened To”, an up-tempo number that blends both of those decade’s sensibilities into something different and yet familiar.
“Every Time” has a very pleasing Bacharach bounce to it. I immediately thought of those those wonderful Bee Gees tracks of yesteryear when I heard “Making It Up”. Lyrically, this one is special. “You Kind of Mood” reminds me of Nick Lowe’s less is more philosophy of recording as demonstrated on his Convincer and Dig My Mood albums.
Some other familiar names involved with this recording include Rob Campanella (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Glenn Brigman (The Triptides) and old friend and Sandy McKnight collaborator and producer extraordinaire Fernando Perdomo.