So you've been prowling Psytrance forums, or went to a gathering recently, and heard some mutters about a newfangled style of Psytrance called "Swamp Psytrance," or "Swamp Trance." But what the hell is it? How is it different from Progressive Psytrance, or Zenonesque?
Put your questioning minds to rest, friends.
Put on your boots and wade in.
Swamp Psytrance is a derivative of Dark Progressive Psytrance and Minimal (what is also called Zenonesque). Much like Forest Psytrance, Swamp is Zenonesque's squishier, wetter, more organic spawn.
It's characterized by lower tempos, down around 128-136 or so, weird, moody atmospheres, and squashy, squelchy organic noises, covered in reverb and delay, for really spacey, psychedelic textures.
Dark, dissonant pads and atmospheric effects give it a dismal, dank sort of sound, and the basses tend to be very deep and pronounced and heavy, keeping in tone with the heavy, laborious beats that accompany them.
In summation, Swamp Psytrance is Zenonesque's moodier, creepier, squelchier offspring.
It isn't a terribly common style to encounter, but it can be a lot of fun to dance to (and make).
If you want to find more, check out the free Swamp releases on Ektoplazm.