The Swedish Railway Orchestra

The Swedish Railway Orchestra


The Swedish Railway Orchestra – Northern Lights

The Swedish Railway Orchestra

Rob Smith is not afraid to dip his toes in unknown waters. After two albums and years of touring as an acoustic-driven indie singer-songwriter, the Dubliner unexpectedly found enormous success in South America with two punk rock singles.

Now his latest project is certainly something quite different. The Swedish Railway Orchestra is an a project which indulges in alternative dance and chillwave.

Starting out a duo, TSRO made their debut in DJing in New York’s Webster Hall in 2013 before closing the main stage at Vantastival for two years back to back. As the project was fading, Smith decided to take it to the next level and make original music under that name.

“I was really blown away by the sounds bands like Jape or LCD Soundsystem make when you go see them live,” the 33-year old explains. “Even for example when you watch Stop Making Sense today, some of the effects are simple yet timeless in electronic music. I try incorporate bits of that, and bits of what I know having played indie rock for years, into this”

The first result was Northern Lights, a five minute strolling electronic number, accompanied with a slightly psychedelic video which gives an interesting look at Dublin life. The floodgates were open and Smith engaged in producing enough material to make an entire album.

“I’ve probably have enough songs to make two albums,” he says. “But I wanted to test the waters with this first one. At least I know there will be no difficult second album for me.”

The album Northern Lights is out September 1st on CD and vinyl nationwide and digitally worldwide.