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Old 04.05.2016, 10:18 AM   #1
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01 Cloud of Forgetting
02 Cloud of Unknowing
03 The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black
04 People Like Us
05 Frankie M.
06 When Will I Return?
07 The Glowing Man
08 Finally, Peace.


That pitchfork site shares artwork, title track, words from Michael Gira
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Nice to see Frankie M. receiving a proper release......still believe it should have been released as a tour single.
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Old 04.05.2016, 05:29 PM   #3
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What do y'all make of this "current incarnation" farewell thing? What do you expect will come after this?
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Norman Westberg's solo record has recently been released - what I've heard is very this listy as they used to say
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It's another 2hr Motherfucker!!

1. "Cloud of Forgetting" 12:43
2. "Cloud of Unknowing" 25:12
3. "The World Looks Red/The World Looks Black" 14:27
4. "People Like Us" 4:32
5. "Frankie M." 20:58
6. "When Will I Return?" 5:26
7. "The Glowing Man" 28:50
8. "Finally, Peace." 6:15
Total length: 118:23


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What do y'all make of this "current incarnation" farewell thing? What do you expect will come after this?

I think it has been very intense since 2010, and it isn't sustainable. Gira recognizes this, thank goodness. He's 62!!
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Gira's statement via Pitchfork...

http://pitchfork.com/news/64268-swan...-track-listen/
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Ima buy this album, but with the recent Gira drama im not going to be entirely happy about it
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The Glowing Man, through four albums (three of which contain more complexity, nuance and scope than I would have ever dreamed possible),

I agree with Gira completely, frankly i wasn't much into Swans until the new stuff. I find it so much better
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Ima buy this album, but with the recent Gira drama im not going to be entirely happy about it

I haven't heard anything new about that, and the discussion here has fizzled out completely. But like I said over and over in that thread, I'm not going to make a judgment about it until I know more. Right now, I have to admit, my image of Gira is a little tarnished by the whole thing, but I'm going to try to not let that influence the way I hear Swans, one of my oldest and most beloved favorite bands of all time.
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Old 04.06.2016, 10:21 AM   #10
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I agree with Gira completely, frankly i wasn't much into Swans until the new stuff. I find it so much better

Yeah, I still listen to "early" Swans, but it kind of feels like moving to Confusion is Sex from Daydream Nation. I still believe they have one of the most colorful and rewarding disgographies out there, but My Father and The Seer especially are more rewarding to my at this point in my life than just about anything that came before.
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My fav band. I learned about them through the 2010s releases first then went back through the years. Shocking how "pretty" White Light is - and so good. I love the early "minimalist" stuff too, but the 2010s are the peak for me. God I can't wait for this.
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My fav band. I learned about them through the 2010s releases first then went back through the years. Shocking how "pretty" White Light is - and so good. I love the early "minimalist" stuff too, but the 2010s are the peak for me. God I can't wait for this.

Definitely one of my favorite bands as well. Have been for some time. Though I have to admit, I ran out of juice on To Be Kind pretty quickly. Especially compared to the Seer. I think Seer had a wider palate of sounds and tones than TBK, and I'm generally more drawn to the "hues" of Seer (which in my mind are dark blue, charcoal, crystal, violet) than to those of TBK (sandy brown, yellow, orange).

It looks like The Glowing Man is going for the same kind of palate as TBK, from the artwork and title track. Which is fine, but I don't think I'm going to probably love it the way I love My Father and The Seer, both of which are positively drenched in my kind of color. But I'm sure I'll absolutely fucking love the shit out of it no matter what. It's just... I doubt it will be the hands down album of the year for me that Seer was.
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Obviously some color and hue association was a deliberate part of this recent string of releases. I'm just saying this ^ is more my speed than bright red and yellows on white or sandy backdrops. Maybe it's because I grew up in a temperate rain forest.
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still pumped for the new shit. Will love it, almost guaranteed.
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It's another 2hr Motherfucker!!

I think it has been very intense since 2010, and it isn't sustainable. Gira recognizes this, thank goodness. He's 62!!

Well, yeah, but what do you think he'll do after The Glowing Man and its subsequent tour? Do you think he'll start making one man Swans albums? Solo acoustic, or live with a different backing band? He claims he's going to continue with the Swans name, but what the hell do you think that will look and sound like? Is go from fronting one of the heaviest bands in existence to doing geriatric country crooning and call it Swans?

He should join up with Lee and Thurston and have a three-guitar electro-acoustic sound collage thing going on. That would kick Fucking ass. Oh my god I want that to happen now!!!
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I adore both Seer and TBK. Some days I think I love TBK more than Seer, and some days I think the opposite.

Something that always bugged me slightly though: The most epic tracks (Seer, Bring The Sun - Toussaint) appear too early. I always wanted them to be on CD2.

Without hearing Glowing Man yet, I'm already happy that the most epic track of that album is near the end.

(I know this is silly.)
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After this next tour he may take Swans towards Merzbow.
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I see... Michael Gira strumming drone-folk songs on acoustic guit, "mellow" but still making those insane neck muscles bulge like coiled pythons when he sings... with Thurston, Lee and Jim O'Rourke bleeding chill free jazz noise from seated positions behind him.
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What do you expect will come after this?

A) Gira and Jarboe record and tour once again as, Swans.

B) not necessarily jazz, but record an album mostly based on horns.

C) what Skuj says, take Swans towards Merzbow
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