Why Richard Swift Was Indie-Rock Gold

Pitchfork remembers: ‘Richard Swift, who died this week at the age of 41, was the embodiment of a musician’s musician. He hit the road as a member of the Shins and the Black Keys. He had a hand in recordings by dozens of artists, among them not just the Shins and Dan Auerbach, but also the Pretenders, Kevin Morby, Sharon Van Etten, Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, Damien Jurado, Foxygen, David Bazan, Tennis, Shannon Shaw, and Guster. He also leaves an impressive solo discography, which he began recording during off-hours in the L.A. studio where he cut his teeth, in the early 2000s.’

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