Penelope Swales and the Stranded Assets – Captains of Industry


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After a long hiatus from solo recording, Penelope Swales explodes back into musical life with Captains of Industry. This punchy and gutfelt album features long-time musical collaborator Mal Webb on bass, backing vocals, beatbox and brass and the consummate Kylie Morrigan on violin and backing vocals.

Swales’s songwriting has lost none of its power. As always, she delivers compassionate insight and withering commentary in equal measure. Captains of Industry cracks open the modern zeitgeist tackling issues such as the fossil fuel lobby’s drag on climate action, the impact of disinformation on democracy and race relations in a deeply divided Australia. She also addresses themes of love, sex, ageing and confidence.


released December 17, 2023

Penelope Swales: Lead vocals, Guitar, Stomp box, Irish whistle on The Jiggy Reel and The Mist-Covered Mountains of Home, Shakers on Redemption. Backing Vocals on Cambridge Analytica

Mal Webb: Backing Vocals, Bass, Beatbox, Trumpet, Trombone

Kylie Morrigan: Backing Vocals, Violin

Chris Jobe: Backing Vocals on Always Will Be
Col Richards: Backing Vocals on Always Will Be
Catheryn Thompson: Backing Vocals on Always Will Be
Gabi Kruithof: Backing Vocals on Always Will Be
Matiu te Huki: Backing Vocals on The Ides of March in Christchurch

All songs Copyright 2023 Penelope Swales except Mist-Covered Mountains of Home/Hush Hush by Jim McLean and John Cameron

Recorded at Chez Mal and Piggery Road Studio
Engineered by Penelope Swales, Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Mixed by Penelope Swales and Siiri Metsar
Produced by Penelope Swales except Cambridge Analytica and the Ides of March in Christchurch produced by Penelope Swales and Mal Webb
Mastered by Adam Dempsey Mastering
Special thanks to Joanna Jones for time, advice and support in setting up Piggery Road Studio

Artwork by Carly Wilding, concept by Penelope Swales




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