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by Seth Swirsky

Smart, melodic, top-down pop with crystal blue, electric 12-strings and Seas of Green. From hit songwriter Seth Swirsky.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Instant Pleasure
3:10 $0.99
2. Herman Cherry
3:03 $0.99
3. Only Me Fair May
2:44 $0.99
4. It's Still Love
3:25 $0.99
5. Roger
1:42 $0.99
6. Wednesday Unraveling
1:01 $0.99
7. Edinburgh
2:37 $0.99
8. Bike Trip
2:17 $0.99
9. It's Always the Same
3:02 $0.99
10. Ordinary Man
2:14 $0.99
11. Butterfly On Jupiter
5:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Pop Album of The Year, 2005 L.A. Music Awards.

"Fifth Beatle? Seth Swirsky has recorded a Fab Four - influenced album...a melodic, earnest collection of Beatles - influenced pop."
-Kevin Bronson, Los Angeles Times

Seth captures the whole Beatles 'love' vibe throughout this record. Like the Eleanor Rigby-ish character, 'Roger' and 'Wednesday Unraveling', which sounds like it could have been on Abbey Road. The whole CD is smart, melodic, well orchestrated cellos, drums, crystal clear strings, with uplifting bass lines. The depth of these songs, surround you like a warm blanket on a cold night and blow through you like a cool, creek side breeze on a hot sunny day. The lyrical content reads like a book. The vocals and melodies are tightly wound around each song, with brilliant arrangements and pure pop production, for 'Instant Pleasure', at least for these ears. If you're a fan of John Lennon, then you're a fan of Seth Swirsky.
- "The Rocker,

"The vibe of this album is just something you have to hear to believe. Bringing up fond memories of such greats as The Beatles, and John Lennon. This is the type of music you play on a hot summer day, with the top down, trucking down the scorching hot interstate. It's just infectious pop music, pure and simple -- A great little slice of pop heaven."
-Trent Moore,

"This release is to the music connoisseur what a gourmet meal is to the hungry restaurant patron -- fulfilling, satisfying, and memorable. "It's Still Love" shows why Seth Swirsky has been referred to as the fifth Beatle. "

"...highly pleasurable, low-key pop, often venturing into very stunningly pretty chamber-pop territory."
-Amplifier Magazine

"He'll win fans with his candor (and) understated vocals that work perfectly with his eccentric lyrics. Hammond B3 organ, cello, violin, mandolin, flute and layered vocal harmonies create a production rivaling Revolver-era Beatles.
Overall, Swirsky delivers an album of flawless pop songs. Check it out for some instant-and lasting-pleasure."
-Performing Songwriter Magazine

"Seth writes with the same intimacy that can be found on my favorite tracks from Lennon/McCartney, sixties Paul Simon and more recently Elliott Smith. By the end of the album you feel as if you spent a week at his house guest. I host an all Beatles show yet I play Seth's CD...need I say anymore?"
-Chris Carter, Breakfast with the Beatles, 97.1 KLSX, Los Angeles

"Do you ever wish that pop music could be returned to the simpler days of pleasant beats and fun and possibly even witty lyrics? Do you still wish there were more pop singers who would take the success strategy of The Beatles to heart? Does the overpowering drone of synthetic beats get you down sometimes?

If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, you will more than likely enjoy the pop rock by Seth Swirsky on Instant Pleasure. This album isn't going to offend or scare off any listeners who find themselves listening to oldies like Simon and Garfunkel.

The album opens with the catchy and fun title track. It's a quick jab at the current state of humanity needing everything immediately. It's a little embarrassing to hear a singer poking fun at our inability to wait.

Although Swirsky is an American, you'll find that many of the songs on this album have a British feel to them. He has been writing songs for other people since the early 1980s. Now that he has decided to sing his own work, it feels true. Swirsky's voice is soft and humble. There are no long notes or big vocal sets. He sings the songs simply and lets the words speak for themselves.

The music is nearly perfect. Swirsky plays the guitar and piano on the disc, but he was joined by a huge list of talented and accomplished musicians and engineers to make his album flawless."
-Stephanie Joudrey,

"Talk about your instant pleasures! Heh! It seldom gets as immediate as this, boys and girls. Like honey dripping from the beehive, Swirsky pours it on thick and sweet with healthy dollops of pristine power pop. Sophisticated melodies, simple productions and a straightforward delivery will guarantee the sugary pop high only the best pop tunesmiths can dispense. The fact that the Rembrandts and Andy (Jellyfish) Sturmer guest star is mere icing on the cake."
-Kevin Mathews,

"Seth's voice is clear, pleasant and understated, never detracting from these uber-catchy melodies and intriguing lyrical portraits."
-Gary Glauber,

"Swirsky's debut solo album is stocked deep with 11 masterfully crafted, first-class songs that will get inside your head and go so deep, they're likely to grow roots.Mind you, an album so rooted in the pure pop aesthetic isn't an easy creation; if it were, everybody with a guitar would make one just like it. Songwriting smarts this, well, smart, are hard to come by, and harder still to make work for 11 straight songs, but Swirsky, the musical magician, does, and in grand style."
-Alan Haber,

"...'Butterfly on Jupiter' could have easily turned up on Sgt. Pepper in one incarnation or another."
-Johnny Suede, NoHo LA Magazine

"...a mini-opera, brilliantly utilizing strings, woodwinds, synthesized sounds, and multi-layered harmonies atop a buoyant rhythm section."
-Tom Semioli,

"Give this one a listen...YOU WILL BE HOOKED!!"
-Jeff Vallet, Jay Vee Music

"While other popsters sing about love and romance in lofty, gossamer terms, Swirsky is Marvin Gaye, whisper-singing "let's get it on" in no uncertain term. The song structure on Instant Pleasure is so beautiful and beguiling and seductive.Chances are that you've already heard a Swirsky-written song on the radio over the past ten or fifteen years. When the pendulum eventually swings back towards sanity and away from the dreck that currently dominates the industry, bet on hearing Seth Swirsky singing one of his own songs on your local FM station. Instant Pleasure provides just that, the album marking the emergence of a talented wordsmith and craftsman working in a classic '60s-styled songwriting vein."
-Kevin Gordon, Alt-Culture Guide,

"...a combination of pop, rock and folk that is delicate and comforting."
-Dina Mystris,

"Chock full of sumptious harmonies, stick in the brain choruses, witty lyrics, and swooning melodies, Instant Pleasure evokes all the great pop merchants both old school (the Beatles, the Kinks, Big Star) and new (Eels, Jellyfish, Fountains of Wayne)."

"...both decadent and humble; one part Paul McCartney, two parts Noel Gallagher; a lyrical poet, a whimsy poet."
-Erick Mertz,

"From the opening riff to the last chord, this is high quality stuff that you really shouldn't miss out on. An instant classic."

"This album sounds like the Spin Doctors, like Jude, like Sondre Lerche...a poppy, sensitive-guy crooner..."
-JR, Impact Press

"Nicely orchestrated, Swirsky's work is one of those 'tis about time!' recordings."

"Swirsky's story-telling style is engrossing."
-Valley Scene Magazine

"A well-produced, modern, clever pop album"

"Truly a renaissance man in the classic sense, it's his songs that are his forte and will garner him the ultimate fame and admiration."

"...a strong, pleasing effort that melds classic styles with the contemporary power-pop genre."
-Liam Thomson,

"...awash in harmony and melody, a throwback to the sounds of more idealistic decades gone by...laced with Beatle spirit, complete with George Harrison-style guitars and dreamy backing harmonies...A beautiful, understated honey of a pop record."
-John Borack,

" Elvis Costello-like tenor. The tracks are perfectly pieces of popular culture, mixing in strong Beatles and shoe-gazer pop (Herman Cherry) in an inoffensive style of music that will reach the largest group in society."

"...irresistible power-pop songs...a distinctly Beatlesque collection, richly textured and crafted.
-David Kidman,

"An album full of moments that effortlessly steal you away into the beautiful scenes that Swirsky constructs. Instant Pleasure showcases extraordinary talent and something that has been missing from music at large: depth of content surrounded by irresistible sounds, beautiful, rich and warm and filled with expression. Yes!"
-Bruce Brodeen,

"...the laconic vocals, buoyant melodies, and the occasional admissions of awkward self-doubt make it charming."
-Ian Viggers,

"One of the best power pop cds to come out this year. Seth Swirsky sounds like a perfect blend of Beatles, Jellyfish and Merrymakers. Fantastic and essential!"
-Jeremy Morris,



to write a review

Jason Wendleton

Instant Pudding, Instant Karma, INSTANT PLEASURE!
I'd give this album one million stars if I could! Fantastic record! Every song is a dream, there are a few that stand out (for me at least)-the title track, "Ordinary Man," "Only Me Fair May," and "Butterfly on Jupiter." Should be played on the radio, but sadly it won't (not rap or crap). One of the nicer suprises CD Baby has given this listener...INSTANT PLEASURE is simply a pleasure to hear. Buy this one TODAY if you like: John Lennon (or The Beatles), Jellyfish, Fountains of Wayne...etc.

Buyer beware-these hooks are deadly!


Brilliant pop music
It's as simple as this ... if you love pop music, then buy this CD. You will not be disappointed.

David Bash: Founder/C.E.O. of The International Pop Overthrow Fe

I've been listening to the new CD by LA singer/songwriter Seth Swirsky, called Instant Pleasure. Really good stuff, not unlike a more laid back Jon Brion but often with more whimsical lyrics. He's also got some key players on the album, including Andy Sturmer and Danny Wilde on background
vocals, as well as Phil Solem and John "Strawberry" Fields on various instruments. Swirsky is also quite the renaissance man, having written tunes for Al Green and Michael McDonald, along with three books compiling
various letters from major league baseball players!

Rich Miller

Believe in the title of this disc and buy it!
I just discovered this CD and am really impressed by the songs, the vocals and the production. If you are a fan of Jellyfish and Elliott Smith (R.I.P.), then I would be shocked if this disc didn't appeal to you. If you love intelligent pop music that has an optimistic feel to it, then you must listen to these MP3s and then BUY this disc. "It's Still Love" sounds like a tune that Roger Manning (Jellyfish) could have sung and this disc is solid from stat to finish. I plan on buying a copy today.

KJS - 1016 a.d.

All you'll get is...Instant Pleasure
If I had my own record company, I would want to work with you and to let everyone around the world hear this Album because it is a true Gem. Everytime I listen to it, I hear something new.

Eddie Chacon

This record has not left my cd player since the day I got it.
I have not taken "Instant Pleasure" out of my car since I got it a few days ago. Killer production, awesome songs. I love Seth’s voice and the way he sings these songs. My fave right now is, “It's always the same”. I listened to “Herman Cherry” over and over for the last few days. I just love the range of this record. Hit songs, beautiful songs, funny songs, incredibly meaningful songs. I think this record is true to the artist. It's such a tall order to achieve that. I'm so happy and inspired that this record got made.

Joe Giddings

Lyrical wit and a passion for the British Invasion
With ties to Jellyfish, Rembrandts, and probably the most overlooked producer, John Strawberry Fields, this Album is a roller coaster ride of lyrical and musical twists and turns through the landscape of pop.
Seth's guests are the royalty of Beatle-esque pop. The Fab4 are payed homage generously through-out as well as ELO. With his influences on his sleeve he still has a very original voice. Even though it comes in at under 30 minutes it's worth the $10 without question. Another CD Baby recomendation gone right.

Alan Newman

Instant Pleasure is just that.
Instant Pleasure is just that. Seth Swirsky’s 11 new songs artfully combine optimism, happiness, and fun into musical brilliance.

Mr. Swirsky, like myself, is obviously a huge fan of the late 60’s Beatles music. The influences of Sgt. Pepper and Revolver can be heard throughout the CD. All of the music is joyfully optimistic and the lyrics are very direct, yet thought-provoking at the same time.

Future pop classics such as Edinburgh, Only Me Fair May, and It’s Still Love will have you singing along while putting a smile on your face. The concluding song, Butterfly on Jupiter, is the best song to come out this year. The perfect stylistic cross between The Beatles and Elton John will leave you anxiously wanting to hear more.

gilles verlant

Si vous êtes comme moi un "sucker" pour des pop-songs intelligentes, conçues avec amour et humour, cet album est pour vous. Je l'ai acheté par hasard, en me rendant sur le site CD Baby, juste parce qu'ils en disaient du bien et qu'à 10 $ le bout, on va pas se priver. Vivement la suite.

Gary L.

Brighlty Beatlesque, and genuine like John Lennon
Bright melodies that are so good I can't stop visualizing my fingers playing them on a piano. Introspective lyrics that come across honest, earnest and sincere. Reminds me of Lennons better solo stuff. This a feel good artistic record reminding us that all we need is love... and Instant Pleasure.
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