Matthew Fountain and the Whereabouts is a 9-piece band out Portland, Oregon. Their lushly arranged chamber pop features theatrical song structures (Rufus Wainwright, Harry Nilsson), a baritone lead vocal (Nick Cave, The National), and touches of South American syncopated grooves (David Byrne). Their debut album, BORN ON THE HOOK, was produced/mixed by Paul Laxer and Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Typhoon, Lost Lander, 1939 Ensemble) and features the vocals of Lizzy Ellison (Radiation City), Sarah Clarke (Dirty Revival), and Johanna Warren (Iron & Wine, Natalie Merchant).
We are four friends in Portland, OR, brought together via serendipitous events to make you feel some things.
Our debut album came out in January of 2015 and we're working on a second one now.
Portland Mercury calls our music a "...complex pop beauty, a true calling card for the great things to come."
Swansea formed in 2011 when Portland, Oregon music mainstays, keyboardist/singer Rebecca Sanborn and drummer Ji Tanzer recruited Kansas City multi-instrumentalist/singer Kyleen King to expand the sound of their long standing duo project. As a trio, in 2012 the group released their first full length album “Old Blood” and completed two tours of the western United States. Additionally, in 2012 Swansea found significant success in licensing music for a diverse array of films, including the track & field documentary “We Grew Wings” and the feature length, multi-award winning drama “Light of Mine”.
In 2013 Swansea was chosen to represent Portland by being included on the lauded PDXPOPNOW! compilation. In October they were caught on camera for Scott Ballard’s third feature-length film, Death On A Rock. Swansea is currently working on their second full length release with the help of John Askew (Neko Case, Wild Flag). Stylistically, Swansea combine artful narrative and atmospheric sweep with a touch of dancey, off-the-cuff toughness–often drawing comparison to LCD Soundsystem, Feist and My Brightest Diamond.
Portland, OR based trio Swansea consists of:
Rebecca Sanborn (Vocals/guitar/keyboards)
Ji Tanzer (Drums/vocals)
Kyleen King (Bass/vocals/viola/keyboards/guitar)