Cracks in the Pavement
\'Somewhere between Tom Waits and Jack Johnson, \'Cracks in the Pavement\' by Kyle Swan is a piece of raw emotion. The acoustic album was recorded with no overdubbing and expresses an honest lifelike quality characteristic of his solo performances...\' -the VC Reporter July 2007 The album has a heavy dreamlike quality about it featuring guitar, but also including songs on piano and ukulele. The genre is hard to define. It shows a definite blues influence, possessing complex melodic and rhythmic aspects ascribed to jazz and flamenco. His voice is a dynamic instrument, expressing ranges - from heavy soulful grit found in songs like \'Gaze On\' and \'Black Clouds\' to the subtle smoothness demonstrated in tracks like \'Cracks in the Pavement\' and \'Children in a Dream\' with lyrics simple yet creative, laden with metaphor and imagery. With a wide variety of influences, from Django Reinhardt to John Lee Hooker to the Pixies to Billie Holiday to Beck (and so on), the album exhibits a variety of musical approaches within the acoustic parameter.