The Unknown Project – Swimmer

Apparently, I’m a fan of Sebu Simonian. You may (think you do) not know him, but check this out: he’s one half of Capital Cities. They’re well-known for their single Safe And Sound; a US hit in 2011, which conquered Europe in 2013. In fact, it just passed the ‘six-times platinum’ mark in their home country.

Nowadays, Sebu is a solo artist, with some very, very impressive projects to his name. See below for a few recommended highlights from his catalogue.

What I didn’t know however, is that next to ‘after Capital Cities’, there was also a ‘before Capital Cities’. From 2002-2004, Sebu had another band. The rock outfit released a self-titled EP in 2002, which didn’t do much, to be honest. In 2004, they recorded their debut full-length, but the band broke up before they released it. In that respect, ‘The Unknown Project’ is a very well-chosen, somewhat prophetic band name.

Come 2021, Sebu decided to release his early band’s album after all. Once again, he gave it a brilliant name: The Album That Never Was. It may not be 100% correct, since it eventually did come out, but it’s still brilliant. But an album isn’t only about its title, Before all, it’s about its music. It’s unbelievable how it already has the Sebu stamp, so early in his career.

One of the album’s stand-out tracks, Swimmer, has been chosen as the record’s single. The Unknown Project are currently recording a barebones rock performance music video to the song, that will be out shortly. Apart from this video, there are no signs of a more permanent reunion. So, alas, it’s very unlikely they will ever change their name to The Well-Known Project…

Recommended as well:
Sebu with Eraserfase – The Worst That Could Happen To Us
Sebu feat. Sirusho – Have You Ever Hurt Somebody
Sebu – The Secret Is Out [Lucas Vidal Arrangement]

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