THE SWEDISH RAILWAY ORCHESTRA Rob Smith is not afraid to dip his toes in unknown waters. Having spent years on various circuits armed with an acoustic guitar and a knack for a catchy melody, the Dubliner has turned his attention to electronic music. Initially starting out as a DJing duo, The Swedish Railway Orchestra made their live debut in 2013 in New York’s Webster Hall and closed Vantastival’s main stage two years in a row. The duo dissolved and Smith found himself with the name (the name originated from something he said on a train from Stockholm airport to the city centre watching buskers on the platform) and an urge to create something new and a break away from the singer-songwriter scene which left him somewhat unsatisfied. Citing influences such as LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads and local heroes Jape, an all-instrumental album called Northern Lights was released in September 2016 and the follow up, the Late Night EP, was released a month later. These recordings caught the attention of the Dublin International Film Festival, who used TSRO tracks for their campaign throughout the festival. Two stand-alone singles, I Don’t See Any Daylight Anymore and Time, this time with vocals for the first time, were released in early 2017 to enormous acclaim. He is currently finishing the project’s second album. ○

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