Courtney Swain is an eclectic musician with roots in classical piano mixed-up with a penchant for quirkier and heavier music.
Courtney is most known as the frontwoman of Bent Knee. The Wall Street Journal described the band as a "silo-smashing sextet [that] taps into chamber pop, industrial rock, metal and prog-rock. Featuring the versatile, ever-appealing voice of Courtney Swain, Bent Knee’s unique mix is equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness."
Bent Knee tours heavily in North America, as well as in Europe and Japan. In October 2016, they opened for The Dillinger Escape Plan on their farewell US tour.
This summer, Bent Knee is gearing up to release their 4th album "Land Animal" from InsideOutMusic/Sony. The album will be available on June 23, 2017.
Courtney has released two solo albums after participating in the RPM Challenge. Reviewing her 2015 album Monstre, The New England Noise wrote, "powerful, melodious lead vocals vary from gentle and flexible to sweet and plaintive to snappy and tough, all hovering over dexterous keyboards with electronica swirls that shift between smooth tonal passages and discordant intervals."
In 2017, Courtney released a live video featuring a string quartet for her new single "Moon Stalker". She is preparing to record and release new material later in the year.
"Flawless voice, skillful piano work,
and genuine lyrics."
- MonkeyGoose Magazine
"Versatile, ever-appealing voice"
- Wall Street Journal
"Delivers emphatic, enigmatic lyrics in a manner that can evoke Björk, Alanis Morissette, or Joanna Newsom while sounding like no one but herself."
- The Boston Globe
"Showcases incredible power and range with her most impassioned sentiments."
- Rebel Noise
Currently listening to...
Fiona Apple, Ringo Shena, Hikaru Utada, Chelsea Wolfe, My Brightest Diamond, Mitski, Laura Marling, Kimbra, St. Vincent, Xenia Rubinos, Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Punch Brothers, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, alt-J, Bon Iver, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Esperanza Spalding, Dirty Projectors, Andy Shauf, Robert Glasper, Tigran Hamasyan, and many others. She lives in Providence, RI.