The Bells

by Sawak

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Mike DeRoitr Maybe it's b/c one of the tracks is called "O Captain", but this release conjures imagery of pirates for me for some reason. Well... the way I choose to look at it, pirates are the punks of seafarers, so kudos to Sawak for their outlaw music. Here I thought rock was dead, but this release vibes with me just fine. Recommended for fans of alternative music. Favorite track: O Captain.
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"The Bells" is a collection of songs, the product of the collective Sawak mind.

'I was talking to someone on the phone the other month; I said, “Rock music doesn’t excite me anymore. For a new rock release to excite me, that shit’d have to be fucking crazy...Well, this release has turned me into a bit of a liar.' -

"Sawak continue their upward trajectory with their latest project. What has made the band special in their last two excursions is still brazenly present. But the structure seems more trim and polished. The inclusion of the vocalist was welcome and sought to add another dimension to the band’s wonderfully diverse skill set." -

"...this album is all about wedding disparate influences into a really first-rate collection of songs that, at its core, is all Sawak."


released March 13, 2020

Sawak is Antonello Perfetto, Shaun O'Neill, Bogdan Markiewicz, Greg Nieuwsma.

Cover painting by Agata Wnęk. Photograph by Adelina Krupski.

Words to "O Captain" by Walt Whitman.

Words to "Swaminarayan" taken from a Hindu text.

Words to "Digital Love" inspired by Damon Krukowski's book/podcast series "Ways of Hearing."


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Sawak: Two Americans, an Italain and an Irishman walk into a dirty basement in Krakow, Poland to create songs strange and not-so-strange.

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Track Name: O Captain
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
Track Name: Digital Love
Space. Time. Love. Money. Power. Noise.
Digital space, digital time, digital love, digital power, digital noise.
Analog space, analog time, analog love, analog money, analog power, and analog noise.
Track Name: Me Too
Gimme a little bit of that thing
That you used to do
And still do
me too

Pinballing down the stairs
Trapped in an elevator
Listening to the radio
Me Too
Track Name: Swaminarayan
God personally enters the eight types of moortis and resides within them. devotees of those gods who worship those moortis should show the same respect for them as they do for the manifest form of god. And in the smae way god also resides in the heart of the saint

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