The Swell Fellas is a new promising ambient progressive rock band I have discovered through Metalhead Community Submissions about two months ago with their remarkable song; Reality, off from their latest single with the same title, which was released in 2019. The Swell Fellas have only made three single releases since last year and planning to make new ones this year. Apparently, they are much more experienced musicians than their discography shows. Please check out the song while reading the rest of the article.
As you might also from some of my previous articles, I am a big fan of progressive music. Dream Theater was the first band who introduced me to this specific music style when I was in high school, just like other millions of people, and they opened a brand new perspective in my imagination. Unfortunately, there are tons of new bands out there making progressive metal and rock yet without any vision to it. The Swell Fellas in this way is making a HUGE difference with their exceptional blend of their musicality and advanced musicianships. Honestly, there’s a weird thing about these two. Incomprehensibly, they work as the two opposite sides of the polar in most cases. For instance, Dream Theater has got less creative as time went, which is quite surprising to see from such virtuoso musicians like them. And there are many other examples of this out there.
The Swell Fellas is a very special band in this way because they have managed to make their musicality and advanced musicianships work together. Realm is a breathtaking song with its atmosphere, general vibe, construction, decisions, energy, sentences, flow and so on. These American gentlemen are showing advanced levels with their instruments, partitions and intelligent composing. And their music is very complex and also simple at the same time, which makes them unique. Time to time the composition relaxes you and whispers usual melodies into your ears. However, it always keeps its mystery and freshness with its unpredictability too. This, my friends, is something you won’t hear happening very often. Realm is powerful enough to give you chills with its incredible instrumentation. But when you add those other characteristics I have mentioned above to it, then we usually call songs like that; EPIC. In my opinion, their music is somewhere in a very delicious place between; Opeth, Porcupine Tree, and Pink Floyd.