History Music / Swans

25th Apr '16 1:02:40 PM CassandraLeo
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The band's fourteenth studio album, ''The Glowing Man'', will be released on June 17, 2016.


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*** ''The Glowing Man'': "Cloud of Forgetting" (12:43), "Cloud of Unknowing" (25:12), "The World Looks Red/The World Looks Black" (14:27), "Frankie M." (20:58), "The Glowing Man" (28:50). The album approaches two hours in length despite containing only eight tracks.
25th Apr '16 1:00:08 PM CassandraLeo
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*** ''Public Castration is a Good Idea'': "Money is Flesh" (12:07), "A Hanging" (12:32), and "Another You" (10:16).

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*** ''Public Castration is a Good Idea'': "Money is Is Flesh" (12:07), "A Hanging" (12:32), and "Another You" (10:16).



*** ''To Be Kind'': "Just a Little Boy (for Chester Burnett)" (12:40), "Bring the Sun / Toussaint l'Ouverture" (34:05), "She Loves Us!" (17:01), "Kirsten Supine" (10:33), and "Nathalie Neal" (10:15). There is only one song on the album under seven minutes long, and only two under eight (well, okay, "Oxygen" is 7:59).

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*** ''To Be Kind'': "Just a Little Boy (for Chester Burnett)" (12:40), "Bring the Sun / Toussaint l'Ouverture" L'Ouverture" (34:05), "She Loves Us!" (17:01), "Kirsten Supine" (10:33), and "Nathalie Neal" (10:15). There is only one song on the album under seven minutes long, and only two under eight (well, okay, "Oxygen" is 7:59).



* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: They like this trope a lot. ''Public Castration Is a Good Idea'', "Raping a Slave", "You Fucking People Make Me Sick"...



* MetalScream: Some of their earlier work had this, such as the song "Young God." It still shows up sometimes in their more recent work; "Bring the Sun / Toussaint l'Ouverture" and "Oxygen" from ''To Be Kind'' both contain some examples near the end.

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* MetalScream: Some of their earlier work had this, such as the song "Young God." It still shows up sometimes in their more recent work; "Bring the Sun / Toussaint l'Ouverture" L'Ouverture" and "Oxygen" from ''To Be Kind'' both contain some examples near the end.
25th Apr '16 12:57:39 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Sampling}}: Many songs on ''Soundtracks for the Blind'' contain nightmarish samples of various speakers.



** PlayedStraight, on "The Most Unfortunate Lie" and "The Seer Returns."

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** PlayedStraight, on "The Most Unfortunate Lie" and "The Seer Returns."Returns", as well as several songs on ''Soundtracks for the Blind'' which contain samples of spoken word.
18th Mar '16 2:52:14 PM aye_amber
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'''Swans''' is a [[GenreRoulette rather diverse]] No Wave, PostPunk, and lately PostRock band from UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The band was initially formed in 1982 and ran until 1997 with various lineups, and was reformed in 2010. Throughout its history, Michael Gira has been one of two constant members; the other being Music/{{Jarboe}}, who was with the band from 1984-97.

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'''Swans''' is a [[GenreRoulette rather diverse]] No Wave, PostPunk, and lately PostRock band from UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The band was initially formed in 1982 and ran until 1997 with various lineups, and was reformed in 2010. Throughout its history, Michael Gira has been one of two constant members; the other being Music/{{Jarboe}}, ''Jarboe,'' who was with the band from 1984-97.
12th Mar '16 1:28:26 AM SinNanna
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* CreepyMonotone: Whenever Gira does spoken word, it's usually like this.



* DroneOfDread: Lots of it on later albums, especially ''Soundtracks for the Blind'' and ''The Seer.''



* MindScrew

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* MindScrewMindScrew: Most of their music, especially on ''Soundtracks for the Blind.''
21st Feb '16 10:20:02 PM SinNanna
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* TheAntiNihilist: While often considered rather bleak and hopeless, Jira has actually refuted the notion that they're only about depression and humankind's failings, with many songs that have some measure of hope despite the majority of their lyrics going into considerable detail about how uncaring and obsessive the world ultimately is.

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* TheAntiNihilist: While often considered rather bleak and hopeless, Jira Gira has actually refuted the notion that they're only about depression and humankind's failings, with many songs that have some measure of hope despite the majority of their lyrics going into considerable detail about how uncaring and obsessive the world ultimately is.
10th Jan '16 12:04:02 PM MarkLungo
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With the surprise hit on US college radio of ''Love Will Tear Us Apart'', Creator/{{Universal}}/[[Creator/MCAVideoDistributingCorporation MCA]] offered Swans a record deal. Gira described it as this:

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With the surprise hit on US college radio of ''Love "Love Will Tear Us Apart'', Apart", Creator/{{Universal}}/[[Creator/MCAVideoDistributingCorporation MCA]] offered Swans a record deal. Gira described it as this:



They took the offer and released ''The Burning World'' in 1989. It featured more melodic pop melodies, but the lyrics, just as with anything before it, were often dealing with depression, death, greed and despair, but were sung, as opposed to chanted or shouted. Troubles with Uni/MCA, though, led to the band leaving the label and starting their own company, ''Young God Records''. Their first Young God release was 1991's ''White Light from the Mouth of Infinity'', which combined the earlier {{hard rock}} influences and the later pop melodies, making for a rather complex record in comparison to earlier work.

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They took the offer and released ''The Burning World'' in 1989. It featured more melodic pop melodies, but the lyrics, just as with anything before it, were often dealing with depression, death, greed and despair, but were sung, as opposed to chanted or shouted. Troubles with Uni/MCA, though, led to the band leaving the label and starting their own company, ''Young Young God Records''.Records. Their first Young God release was 1991's ''White Light from the Mouth of Infinity'', which combined the earlier {{hard rock}} influences and the later pop melodies, making for a rather complex record in comparison to earlier work.






* TheAntiNihilist: While often considered rather bleak and hopeless, Jira has actually refuted the notion that they're only about depression and humankind's failings, with many songs that have some measure of hope despite the majority of their lyrics going into considerable detail about how uncaring and obsessive the world ultimately is.



* TheAntiNihilist: While often considered rather bleak and hopeless, Jira has actually refuted the notion that they're only about depression and humankind's failings, with many songs that have some measure of hope despite the majority of their lyrics going into considerable detail about how uncaring and obsessive the world ultimately is.



* TitleDrop: ''Holy Money'' has "A Screw," which (in both versions on the album) contains the repeating line "''Holy money, holy love...''"

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* TitleDrop: ''Holy Money'' has "A Screw," which (in both versions on the album) contains the repeating line "''Holy "Holy money, holy love...''""
10th Jan '16 5:12:09 AM darkabomination
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* ArcWords: "Sun", "skin/flesh", and "love" frequently pop up as song titles or comparing people's desires to these things.
* TheAntiNihilist: While often considered rather bleak and hopeless, Jira has actually refuted the notion that they're only about depression and humankind's failings, with many songs that have some measure of hope despite the majority of their lyrics going into considerable detail about how uncaring and obsessive the world ultimately is.
13th Sep '15 9:54:44 AM blockboy
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* Yarling: Michael Gira's vocal style has slight shades of this. It's far more noticeable on the post-reformation albums.

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* Yarling: {{Yarling}}: Michael Gira's vocal style has slight shades of this. It's far more noticeable on the post-reformation albums.
13th Sep '15 9:52:07 AM blockboy
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* Yarling: Michael Gira's vocal style has slight shades of this. It's far more noticeable on the post-reformation albums.
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