Sweatson Klank – Good Days
This L.A. based producer might have the happiest of the albums in my top ten. If you have tracked with me in the past on stuff I n this format you might use Nightmares on Wax as a reference point as to what this album sounds like.
Track by track you find yourself hearing stuff so familiar you want to ask Soundhound to tell you what it is. I hear a Biz Markie loop, an SOS Band vibe, a Force MD’s inspired moment, among other sounds I can’t quite put my finger on. I like it that way. Make it familiar, but original, and I can’t turn away.
The whole album feels light and airy but it’s so much better and deeper than that. I say this a lot, but if I still ran a record store I would pop this on every time somebody walked in and make an automatic sale. It is that fetching from the first note.
The back end of the record picks up and takes me back to the beginning of the acid jazz days.
Bob your head. Tap your foot. Breathe in its hope for the day.
Sweatson (Tom Wilson) Klank was also kind enough to send me back some notes.
Seven Questions with Sweatson Klank
- Describe your record for us.
Good Days for me was a record where I wanted to invoke the feeling we have all known and felt when we feel good for what we’ve done and how we have lived. The joy and feeling of connection to the greater good in the world we often feel after overcoming adversity in our own lives. I guess to sum it up, it’s the feeling you have at the end of a day, week, month or year when you lay down to sleep and are able to be proud of who you’ve been as a human being. It’s pretty ironic that the album came out at the beginning of what would turn out to be a very difficult year for all of us, so to me it’s that much more potent.
- Tell us about the album artwork.
The artwork is just an abstract representation of a mind at work and its multidimensional patterns of thinking. I created it with my mom:)
- Describe 2020 in a sentence.
2020 has been a year of painful realizations that I am trying to process into positive growth.
- Besides music, what are you passionate about?
Art, photography, design, furniture, nature, food, coffee, friendships, mentoring.
- Name three of your favorite musical artists.
Bill Evans, Bill Withers, Carlos Jobim
- What are you reading right now?
Emmanuel’s Book “a manual for living comfortably in the cosmos” & ” Bedroom Beats & B- Side” by Laurent Fintoni
- What’s next?
Next up is my ambient album, it was made during quarantine lockdown and it’s more than an album, I like to think of it as a tool for escape, meditation, daydreaming . I’m really excited to share it. It’s called “Path of an Empath” and it comes out at the end of January.