All About Desert Life
Lost in the ocean....
"Desert Life from Chris Swales is now considered a mainstay of the Radio Wigwam playlist. His blend of acoustic indie folk captures the essence of a modern day singer songwriter with harder tones of indie rock sure to be on the airwaves for a long time" - Christian John, Radio Wigwam
Desert Life is the moniker of Chris Swales, a West Wales based alt-folk / singer-songwriter who had previously given up music to raise a family, concentrate on the day job and live near the sea. All that sea air slowed Chris down, as he put music on the back-burner and life started to pass him by. It was only when he took time off work to raise his small children that the flame reappeared. Sometime in between singing Nirvana songs as nursery rhymes, he started writing songs again. Then, in 2018, Chris had an off-the-cuff conversation with poet/lyricist Brian ‘Old Pa’ Mackenzie about Chris writing some songs to Brian's early poems. The experiment worked, Chris would take some lyrics write the music and melody, others he would completely deconstruct. The result was a number of early demos that Chris was convinced that needed to be heard. Chris hired Mwnci Studios, West Wales and brought in friends in the shape of Killing for Company’s Steve Williams and Andy ‘glam’ Williams to play on the sessions. Session drummer Jack Beddis (Jodie Marie) played percussion and drums to complete the studio line-up. The result is a musical sojourn that imagines if Neil Young, Wilco and REM spent time driving through the American south-west together.
Desert Life’s songs are often laced with a thread of heavy heartedness, heartbreak or regret, but can be juxtaposed with an upbeat tempo, jangly rhythm, such as the almost alt-country “Not My Girl”.
Chris also creates all the original artwork. With its 1930s Graphic design style style, he wanted it to have the feel of the classic railway adverts of the 30s. The lady in all the artwork represents the adventurer us all, “deserting life” and seeing the world.
Desert Life's release, 'My Darling Friend' was nominated by Radio Wigwam for ‘best single’ and he also made the Record Store Day Unsigned (2019) long list.
Releases 'Not My Girl', 'Whisper to the Wind' and 'My Darling Friend' have been played by BBC Radio Wales’ Adam Walton, Radio Wigwam, Belter Radio and CILU (The Sonic Blender) and Desert Life has played a live session for GTFM’s Alternative Show.
Desert Life will be performing at the Songwriters Circle at the Swansea Fringe Festival.