Raised By Swans is Canadian independent solo artist Eric Howden. A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Eric has written, arranged, recorded, produced and self-released four full-length albums as Raised By Swans thus far; Codes and Secret Longing (2005), No Ghostless Place (2010), Öxnadalur (2014), and Raised By Swans Is The Name Of A Man, Volume 1 (2021). His fifth full-length album (Raised By Swans Is The Name Of A Man, Volume 2; Run With The Silent Wildfires) will come out in Q1 of 2023 (release date TBA).
Academy Award and Palm d’Or nominated director Atom Egoyan included three songs from Codes and Secret Longing in his film, Adoration (2009) and two songs from No Ghostless Place in the erotic thriller Chloe (2010), and in 2007, “Violet Light” from Codes and Secret Longing was featured in novelist Douglas Coupland’s film Everything’s Gone Green, voted Canadian Feature Film of the Year at the Vancouver International Film Festival. As for television, Eric’s songs can be heard in episodes of Regenesis, Peak Season, Would Be Kings, and Whistler.
Over the eight years spent writing and recording Raised By Swans Is The Name Of A Man (both volumes), Eric performed mostly across Eastern Europe, managed a very small grocery shop/delivered mail in the most remote municipality in Iceland, and planted 10,000 baby birch trees in the hills of Öxnadalur (a valley in North Iceland), all by himself. He returned to Canada in late 2019 to finish recording and mixing Volumes 1 and 2.
Raised By Swans has performed concerts in Germany, Iceland, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Greece, Serbia, Hungary, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Canada, where he lives most of the time.