It's been a minute since we last spoke with D. Swick, but he's been busy to say the least. The folk maestro with a shoegaze lean released his newest EP, Nothing to Say, followed shortly thereafter by a number of local shows with the likes of Future Elevators, Thad Kopec, and Cincinnati's own Carriers.
Somewhere amongst all the release logistics, show coordination, and general indie artist-ness, D. Swick teamed up with Nashville's own indie auteur extraordinaire, Erik Maynard, to bring visuals to Nothing to Say's lead single, "Poster Child." In short, the video elicits a sense of "wanderlust" with maybe the slightest twinge of "sonder."
The wanderlust seems pretty apparent once the video is underway, as Maynard's piecemeal editing of different vantage points from different locales. Throughout the video, the quiet juxtaposition continues, as quick cuts and fades featuring nameless faces in recognizable places (which accounts for the aforementioned "sonder") build and amass with the quiet crescendo of Swick's compositions. It's beguiling and refreshingly reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens' "Should Have Known Better," but trades exclusively pastoral topography for urban surroundings and the occasional suburban setting.
So while the song itself may make direct references to places like Swick's native home of Chicago, Maynard's video serves as an offertory glimpse into Swick's future potential. A look at the world ready and waiting to be met by Swick's whispering timbre and sharp orchestral sensibilities. In keeping with the video's title, "Poster Child" is a visual representation of the vast quantity of pathways that await D. Swick in the near future.