The Shins Pay Tribute to Richard Swift with Two New Songs

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Janice Headley
photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Following the passing of Northwest artist Richard Swift in 2018, friends of his launched the Fug Yep Soundation, a 7” record series whose goal "is to raise awareness for addiction and bring community to those suffering." Proceeds from these singles will go directly support the Swift family as well as MusiCares and Music Support UK.

Last year, Lucius released two covers — “Christmas Time Is Here” and “Keep Me Hanging On” — for their release. This year, Swift's former bandmates The Shins share two new tracks, “Waimanalo” and “Trapped By The Sea.” Both songs were written and produced by James Mercer, inspired and with artwork by Richard Swift. The 7" marks the band's first new music since their 2017 LP Heartworms. Listen to the songs below and pre-order a single here.

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