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Seer (Awaiting Repress)Received a 9.0 Best New Music rating from Pitchfork. The Seer took 30 years to make. It’s the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I’ve ever made, been involved in, or imagined. But it’s unfinished, like the songs themselves. It’s one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade.
The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in rehearsals, live, and in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they’ll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while.
Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my quest is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I’m a kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy! —Michael Gira1. Lunacy
2. Mother of the World
3. The Wolf
4. The Seer
5. The Seer Returns
6. 93 Ave. B Blues
7. The Daughter Brings the Water
8. Song for a Warrior
10. A Piece of the Sky
11. The Apostate
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To Be Kind (Awaiting Repress)"...the sound of a celestial sledgehammer descending" - Time Magazine
"...what the closing ceremonies for the human race might sound like" - Pitchfork
"...Swans make their grandest statement yet" - Rolling Stone
"...a masterpiece of post-rock and experimental composition" - Consequence Of Sound
A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA:
We (Swans) have recently completed our new album. It is called To Be Kind.
The album was produced by me, and it was recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, and further recordings and mixing were accomplished at John’s studio in Dallas, Texas. We commenced rehearsals as Sonic Ranch in early October 2013, began recording soon thereafter, then completed the process of mixing with John in Dallas by mid December 2013.
A good portion of the material for this album was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13. Much of the music was otherwise conjured in the studio environment.1. Screen Shot
2. Just A Little Boy
3. A Little God In My Hands
4. Bring the Sun / Toussaint L'Ouverture
5. Some Things We Do
6. She Loves Us
7. Kirsten Supine
9. Nathalie Neal
10. To Be Kind
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Filth (Awaiting Repress)First Authorized Vinyl Edition Of 1983 Debut Studio Album In 25 Years
Re-Mastered With Original Cover Art
“This is all slabs of sound, rhythm and screaming/testifying. What more do you need? In a way, it was a reaction against Punk (and just about any other music you can think of), and the conservative notion that 3 chords were somehow necessary. I used to deny it vehemently at the time, but No Wave (I “hated” that scene too, for some reason I can’t remember now) played a big role as the germ from which this music grew, along with The Stooges and Throbbing Gristle, of course. I wanted Swans to be “heavier” though – I wanted the music to obliterate - why, I don’t remember! I think it just felt good. Live, we used two basses (playing utterly unmusical chords that were stabbed and left to sustain or sometimes hit in staccato or opposing rhythms), drums, a “percussionist” that slammed down on a metal table with a metal strap, crude cassette loops of various sounds/noises (usually some kind of undefined ROAR), and Norman Westberg’s glorious sustained and screaming guitar chords. It was pretty elating to play live – for us. If 100 people showed up (which would have been a huge audience at the time – 20 was more the average), 80 were guaranteed to leave by the second song. Somehow that tension – contempt or indifference from the audience – was nourishing, so we kept going.
Here’s some music I was listening to at the time: Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, The Stooges, Brian Eno, Teenage Jesus And The Jerks, DNA, The Contortions, Glenn Branca, Black Flag, early Pink Floyd, This Heat, Kraftwerk, The Germs, Cabaret Voltaire, Can, Public Image LTD., SPK… ”
- Michael Gira / Swans/Young God Records1. Stay Here
2. Big Strong Boss
4. Power for Power
6. Right Wrong
7. Thank You
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White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity (Awaiting Repress)Double LP Includes 20” x 24” Poster and Printed Insert
Complete 2 LP, White Light Sessions
Out Of print For Many Years and Highly Anticipated
Swans’ seventh studio album originally released in 1991, is considered the starting point for the second section of Swans’ inimitable history. Described as “…the glistening, glimmering sounds of the pensive countryside” by Stereogum, this will be the first time White Light from the Mouth of Infinity has been available on vinyl since its original release on Young God Records in 1991. The vinyl issue will include the track ‘Blind’, not included in the original release.LP 1
1. Better Than You
2. Power and Sacrifice
3. You Know Nothing
4. Song for Dead Time
5. Will We Survive
6. Love Will Save You
2. Song for the Sun
3. Miracle of Love
5. When She Breathes
6. Why Are We Alive
7. The Most Unfortunate Lie
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The Great Annihilator (Awaiting Repress)2017 Remastered 2LP
The Swans are a study in metamorphoses. In 1983, when Melody Maker magazine dubbed the NYC noise mavens "a deeply repulsive form of audio pornography," it was more a compliment than a slam. Cacophonous, confrontational, and unrelentingly loud, the band used vocal rants and bone-crunching distortion to achieve unparalleled levels of sonic pain.
Then, around '87 or so, rock's ugliest ducking found its inner Swan and blossomed into a vehicle for sweeping, complex arrangements of keyboards, strings and evocative sound effects. Vocalist Michael Gira traded his guttural growl for the croon of a balladeer, and the latter-day Swans were born.
Their 12th album, The Great Annihilator, is a majestic symphony of haunting melodies and shifting moods. Spirituality - or rather the absence of it - provides the linking motif. With a kinetic industrial goose step, "She Lives!" plays with chanted images of madness and martyrdom, while the jagged coda of "Celebrity Lifestyle" lays the groundwork for a cutting look at material dreams: "She's just a drug addiction/ And a self-reflecting image of a narcoticized mind." "Warm" forms the album's thematic center, overflowing with ethereal vocal loops and drums that patter like raindrops accross the lyrical landscape. On "Mother/Father" and the mantric "My Buried Child," vocalist Jarboe outdoes herself with a spectrum of darkly distinctive voices.
Taken on its own, this album is a vivid example of how to combine the dissonant with the dulcet while retaining a dangerous edge. Viewed in the context of the Swans' 12-year journey from audio pornography to majestic romanticism, The Great Annihilator serves as an epic apotheosis.
-Neva Chonin (The San Francisco Bay Guardian)LP 1
2. I Am The Sun
3. She Lives!
4. Celebrity Lifestyle
6. Blood Promise
8. My Buried Child
2. Alcohol The Seed
3. Killing For Company
4. Mother's Milk
5. Where Does A Body End?
7. The Great Annihilator
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