Swans exist in their own universe.
Loosely - very loosely - speaking, the band evolved out of the No Wave movement, but the intervening decades have seen Swans wave goodbye to any available genre tag.
New album 'To Be Kind' will be released on May 12th, with Swans placing sample track 'A Little God In My Hands' online now.
Check it out below.
In addition to this, Swans have posted the artwork for 'To Be Kind' - crafted by Slash records/magazine founder Bob Biggs you can find it above. Michael Gira discusses the artwork:
"I noticed an unfathomable image on the wall. It was a pastel of one of the baby images we now have decided to use as the art for the new Swans album. It’s an utterly banal image, isn’t it? But the thing is, it stuck with me, all these years... I look at Bob’s baby images as something like the Mona Lisa – utterly inscrutable, but ACHING to reach up to the surface. Or like one of Jasper Johns’ flag paintings - I just can’t figure them out, and I’m not supposed to do so, but they keep calling me back. Those images have remained in the back of my head since then, always nagging. I’m delighted that these images, finally, with Bob’s consent, can now act as innocent, but implacable sentinels for the music of Swans, after all these years".
'To Be Kind' will be released on May 12th. Swans have confirmed the following shows:
22 Manchester Academy 2
23 Newcastle Hoults Yard
24 Glasgow The Arches
25 Aberdeen The Lemon Tree
27 London Brixton Electric
28 Bristol Trinity Community Arts
29 Reading Sub89
31 Birmingham Supersonic Festival - Custard Factory
1 Leeds Cockpit
2 Brighton Concorde 2