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SLOW BURN 1
Proud to be asked to play the leadguitar on the track V838 on SLOW BURN 1, the new excellent album of FRACTAL MIRROR.
Math Lemmen placed a review of THE COUCH on the website of Progwereld .
When you are working as a psychologist, in music strongly influenced by the symphonic rock and record an album with the title "The Couch", according to me the point is made. So don't expect exuberant symphonic rock. The sympho-influences that you hear on this album are more in line with that of Anthony Phillips, Camel and the quieter work of Steve Hackett. Overall, I have listened to "The Couch" with joy. The pleasant listening experience was, however, disturbed in the song Dust, around 1:10 ...
Review The Couch in iOPages no. 128 by René Yedema
... the 'whispersympho' is back. Fans of Anthony Phillips' series Private Parts & Pieces, the quiet passages of Genesis' Trespass and the subtle play on the older records of Steve Hackett, Al Stewart and Bo Hansson can surrender themselves, relaxing in the warm, rooted in the seventies, music of the classically trained Swart.
January 8th 2015
Airplay: Werther as 'Dutch Treat' in Jawdy's Basement!
For this American progrock radioshow (from New Jersey) Wouter van Hal every week proposes a progrock track from a Dutch artist. In the first show of 2015 his contribution was WERTHER from The Couch. The longest Dutch Treat ever! DJ Jawdy spoke about the first meeting of Wouter and me in a local pub and spoke of The Couch as "pretty neat stuff" and of Werther as "a tremendous epic track".
The first review of The Couch, written by Rinco Ennema:
"For lovers of light music with depth, this is a must. Stories are sung with a voice that emanates tranquility. The narratives are framed with music that sometimes are reminiscent to the sound of a bard, a troubadour from ancient times and sometimes you hear a tentative attempt to symphonic rock, but it is never abundant. Enjoy." read more ...
November 10th 2014
Airplay: Jim Lawson of Cuillin FM gives airplay to WERTHER of The Couch in his show 'The Ancient One'
His comment after the song:
"I hope you were very impressed with that piece of music, I know that I was when I first heard it. I have to thank Leo Koperdraat from Fractal Mirror, who posted on Facebook the following comment: 'If you like the sounds of Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips, the romantic stuff of The Enid or the atmosphere generated by Camel, you might want to check out The Couch by Peter Swart, especially the six part suite Werther', which we just heard here and I think it's a majestic piece of work... The album itself is simply terrific... Excellent material and in fact he is, in his everyday life, surprisingly enough, a medical psychologist. Certainly good music, excellent stuff."