Saturday, April 9, 2011

SWANS ~ My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky 2010 posted by FRANKKUBB

Swans is an influential band from New York City, New York, United States, active from 1982 to 1997, reformed in 2010, led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. Marginally associated with the no wave scene at first, their original sound was slow and heavy, with live performances that were often so brutal and physical that in a number of instances certain audience members were made ill, police were called and venues were shut down. This early physical sound is possibly best heard on the live album Public Castration Is a Good Idea. Their initial style shifted a little by the time Swans released seminal twin albums Greed and Holy Money. The music had sped up, at times being even more punishing than their earlier output. Drum machines and samples were slightly more prominent. Michael Gira was joined vocally by Jarboe which gave the band a broader sonic range. Tracks featuring Jarboe were often quieter, even pretty, acting as counterpoint to the more harrowing themes on the albums. Over time, this style would come to dominate the Swans’ output, although they somehow seem to have been able to make a strummed acoustic guitar seem as brutal as their earlier amped-up assaults. The lush instrumentation of their albums from the late 1980s and the 1990’s anticipated the birth of post-rock. Swans eventually broke up in 1997; Gira went on to release some solo work, later forming the band The Angels of Light, who continue many of the themes and styles found in (later) Swans. Jarboe releases solo work and frequently works with other bands and artists; recently she released an album with Neurosis, a group clearly heavily influenced by Swans. The influence of Swans upon the music world is profound. Across their 15 years of existence, the various styles they explored gave birth to grindcore (Napalm Death, Nasum) modern “cinematic” post-rock (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mono), and atmospheric sludge metal (Isis, Neurosis). On January 2010 announced Swans reunion and working on new recordings. The song Jim recently added to the playlist at MySpace is an acoustic demo (solo at home) recording by Michael Gira. This, and many other new songs recorded in the same way comprise many of the new (rough versions) of songs under consideration, to be fleshed out on the coming new Swans album. A CD of these acoustic versions, as well as a live (2 shows) DVD of Michael Gira will be for sale very soon as a hand made (by Gira) package called I Am Not Insane (CD/DVD). this package – in a limited edition of 1000 – will be sold in order to raise money for the Swans recordings TRACKLIST: 01 - No Words / No Thoughts 02 - Reeling The Liars In 03 - Jim 04 - My Birth 05 - You Fucking People Make Me Sick 06 - Inside Madeline 07 - Eden Prison 08 - Little Mouth DOWNLOAD HERE

1 comment:

Sean P. Duff said...

amazing is the only way to describe this album