This summer the news of the untimely passing of Richard Swift stunned and saddened the alternative music community. The tributes that poured in from those who knew and worked with him seemed endless, and listeners who may not have recognised his name had almost undoubtedly heard his work with bands like The Shins, Foxygen, Laetitia Sadier, Kevin Morby, The Black Keys and countless others. Although Swift had not put out much music under his own name for several years, and a proper Richard Swift album had not been released since 2009, it was always known that he was working on his own solo music in between his various other contributions.

One month prior to his passing in July, Swift completed an album called The Hex, which he had started conceptualising in 2012 and had planned to release this autumn. Although his death undoubtedly rocked the foundations of this plan, it has today been revealed that The Hex will be released posthumously through Secretly Canadian digitally tomorrow and physically on December 7th. The Hex is a candid work from an artist of untold depths of pain and humour. His acolytes will undoubtedly come to treasure the album with the same fervour as his cult favourite releases already in his storied back catalogue.

Ahead of the full album's release tomorrow, today you can hear The Hex's closing track 'Sept20' below.