By Nathalie Phan
Austin's prince of cool pop and one man wonder Mobley has released an alternate version of his standout song "Swoon," titled "Swoon:Stagger" off of his Fresh Lies Vol. 1 album released earlier this year.
“When I’m writing a song, I explore countless variations while crafting its arrangement. ‘Swoon’ went through multiple incarnations," says Mobley. "I thought it'd be fun to let people in on some of the parallel universes I explore when I’m working on a record.”
What eventually resulted from the artist's masterful reiterations of his own song was the first of three remixes to be released.
In "Swoon:Swagger," Mobley maintains his intimate and sensual vocals while effectively changing the tone of the bass to more of an acoustic guitar and bringing it more to the forefront of the song. He also replaces the signature drum beat of the song from a snare to unified hand claps (possibly inspired by the same claps he asks the audience to participate in at his often highly interactive live shows).
Additionally, the artist adds a ghostly, melodic reverb effect on some of his vocal parts, giving the song somewhat of an electronic feel aided by the hi-hat taps and highlighting cymbal crashes that act as a repeating prologue that build the song up into its chorus. The bridge, overall, seems a lot cleaner and a little more rock-n-roll while staying true to its electronic feel. All in all, there's a lot more "umphf" to the song, to put it plainly, and we're all for it.
After a short tour run in Australia in December, Mobley will close out 2018 with a headlining New Year’s Eve show at Empire Control Room. The original album version of the song amassed a whopping 1.5 million plays on Spotify while the new catchy iteration is fated to find the same success. Listen to Mobley's new single here.
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