swelo is a 24-year-old electronic producer whose style touches on both pop and hip-hop. A high school math teacher by day, swelo combines a variety of stylistic elements during his off-hours to create his sound, which utilizes “elements of hip-hop, funk, rock, soul, and pretty much anything else you can think of.” This eclectic stylistic approach first earned swelo a following in August 2013 when he released his debut album Escalator Music. The release earned thousands of upvotes on Reddit shortly after release, resulting in it become the most-downloaded album on Bandcamp that month. swelo’s sound was received well, to say the least.
swelo’s new album is called Helvetica and it’s led by lead single “Color of Your Eyes”, a piano-laden ode to the guiding nature of a lover’s eyes. Chirpy arp synths and an accordion-like romantic sentimentality help assemble a charming melody around swelo’s sincere and youthful vocals; the style and approach is reminiscent of if Magnetic Fields combined their singer/songwriter quirks with the more radio-minded accessibility of German pop duo Milky Chance. It’s a solid single from Helvetica, which can be streamed below and downloaded for free on Bandcamp: