Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

SWANS

Post Rock/Math rock • United States


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Swans picture
Swans biography
Part of the original No Wave scene in the early 1980's, the New York City rock band SWANS has since become one of the most respected experimental rock outfits to the present. Led by the visionary vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Michael GIRA, SWANS operated for nearly two decades from their inception in 1983, he is also well known producer. His daunting and impressive songwriting abilities created some of the strangest and revolutionary music to date. Influences of post-rock are seen in numerous records, notable in Soundtracks for the Blind, which predates a lot of the crescendo-core stuff, and the band has influenced numerous post-rock bands with their ever expanding sound and advanced technical approach to rock music. Although they broke up in 1997, SWANS reunited in 2010 to record two more albums, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky and The Seer.

Bio written by The Truth (Tanner) and updated by zravkapt (Darryl)

Swans official website

SWANS MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

SWANS forum topics / tours, shows & news


SWANS forum topics Create a topic now
SWANS tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "swans"
Post an entries now

SWANS Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to SWANS

Buy SWANS Music


The Glowing ManThe Glowing Man
YOUNG GOD RECORDS 2016
Audio CD$14.01
The SeerThe Seer
Special Edition
YOUNG GOD 2016
Audio CD$13.98
$9.95 (used)
To Be KindTo Be Kind
YOUNG GOD 2016
Vinyl$29.99
$35.98 (used)
White Light/ Love Of LifeWhite Light/ Love Of Life
YOUNG GOD RECORDS 2016
Audio CD$16.00
$15.99 (used)
Filth * DeluxeFilth * Deluxe
YOUNG GOD RECORDS 2016
Audio CD$16.59
$13.93 (used)
Cop / Young God / Greed / Holy MoneyCop / Young God / Greed / Holy Money
Import
Universal UK 2010
Audio CD$9.26
$9.49 (used)
Children Of GodChildren Of God
Remastered
YOUNG GOD 2016
Audio CD$14.99
$10.98 (used)
My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The SkyMy Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
YOUNG GOD 2016
Vinyl$16.56
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Michael Martin Murphy: "Swans Against the Sun" LP PE-33851 Epic Records VG+/VG+ USD $3.95 Buy It Now 37m 27s
Incandescent [VINYL] The Wild Swans Vinyl USD $36.18 Buy It Now 1h 3m
MICHAEL MURPHEY - SWANS AGAINT THE SUN (PE33851) VG+/VG++ cond. awsome album! USD $5.00 Buy It Now 1h 34m
Dead Swans - Sleep Walkers (NEW CD) USD $13.95 Buy It Now 6h 34m
Swans - Cop/Young God/Greed (NEW CD) USD $14.47 Buy It Now 6h 38m
Dead Swans - Anxiety & And Everything Else (NEW CD) USD $8.84 Buy It Now 6h 39m
DEAD SWANS - ANXIETY & EVERYTHING ELSE CD NEW+ USD $14.95 Buy It Now 6h 45m
JARBOE / HELEN MONEY Jarboe & Helen Money LP Aurora Borealis ?- ABX063 SWANS USD $13.56 Buy It Now 6h 49m
Turn Loose The Swans 0801056848826 by My Dying Bride, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P USD $18.45 Buy It Now 7h 4m
DEAD SWANS - ANXIETY & EVERYTHING ELSE CD NEW+ USD $16.03 Buy It Now 7h 27m
Various Failures - Swans New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping USD $17.78 Buy It Now 10h 41m
Filth - Swans New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping USD $24.86 Buy It Now 10h 46m
DEAD BOOMERS Arak 7" EP Australian industrial sludge True Radical Miracle swans USD $8.98 Buy It Now 10h 48m
The Swans - Photographs & Letters (CD 1999) USD $6.80 Buy It Now 11h 6m
Swans Way Soul Train 7" 45 UK Pic Sleeve 1984 (Scarlet Fantastic) USD $3.99 Buy It Now 11h 42m
VARIOUS FAILURES BY SWANS (CD) USD $22.77 Buy It Now 11h 46m
ANATOMY OF HABIT self-titled CD Chicago post-punk/sludge a la swans Bloodyminded USD $11.99 Buy It Now 14h 33m
YELLOW SWANS / THE GOSLINGS split 7" NOT NOT FUN oop UNPLAYED USD $8.99 Buy It Now 14h 52m
SWANS - White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity - Vinyl (2xLP) USD $32.01 Buy It Now 15h 9m
MELODY MAKER 12/4/86 STUART ADAMSON OF BIG COUNTRY, CULT, SWANS, BLACK BRITAIN, USD $16.34 Buy It Now 16h 26m
JAMES WELBURN Hold LP NEW VINYL Miasmah Swans Scorn Godflesh USD $28.99 Buy It Now 16h 37m
White Light from the Mouth of Infinity [12/4] by Swans (CD, Dec-2015, Young God) USD $18.47 Buy It Now 16h 38m
FOETUS VERKLEMMT BE THANKFUL 7" INDUSTRIAL Thirlwell Swans Ministry KMFDM NIN USD $30.00 Buy It Now 16h 50m
MELODY MAKER 16/7/88 TRACY CHAPMAN, HUGO LARGO, SEERS, WILD SWANS, MOMUS, GEORGI USD $16.34 Buy It Now 17h 12m
SOUNDS 1/3/86 ELVIS COSTELLO, JOY DIVISION, NEW ORDER, MOTLEY CRUE, SWANS, VIOLA USD $16.34 Buy It Now 17h 39m
SOUNDS 11/6/88 SWANS MICHAEL GIRA, IN TUA NUA, ROTE KAPELLE, MEMBRANES, TIMBRUK USD $16.34 Buy It Now 17h 40m
SOUNDS 13/8/88 METALLICA, PINK FLOYD, RAILWAY CHILDREN, DOGS D'AMOUR, WILD SWANS USD $16.34 Buy It Now 17h 41m
SOUNDS 17/1/87 SWANS' MICHAEL GIRA, QUEEN, MCCARTHY, MADNESS, SWING OUT SISTER, USD $16.34 Buy It Now 17h 43m
Swans - Love of Life / Amnesia - cd / Young God Records / Michael Gira / Jarboe USD $36.33 Buy It Now 17h 46m
Swans - Omniscience (CD 1992) Michael Gira / Jarboe / Skin USD $50.40 Buy It Now 17h 46m
Swans - Love Of Life LP + MP3 USD $27.95 Buy It Now 17h 51m
SWANS-My Father Will Guide Me Up A R VINYL LP NEW USD $19.85 Buy It Now 18h 54m
SWANS-The Seer VINYL LP NEW USD $33.51 Buy It Now 18h 59m
ROLLING STONES - SWANS, SAILS AND OZZIE ALES - 4 CD USD $71.99 Buy It Now 19h 38m
Swans Holy Money Original PVC 1986 Cassette Tape M Gira Jarboe Industrial Rare USD $50.00 Buy It Now 19h 53m
SWANS WAY soul train 7" VINYL RECORD EXT 3 USD $0.82 [0 bids]
20h 44m
ASTRAL SWANS-ALL MY FAVORITE SINGERS ARE WILLIE NELSON VINYL LP NEW USD $21.69 Buy It Now 21h 4m
GROWING His Return CD drone / post-rock black dice yellow swans skullflower NEW USD $11.98 Buy It Now 21h 9m
GROWING Vision Swim CD drone / post-rock black dice yellow swans skullflower NEW USD $11.98 Buy It Now 21h 12m
HAIR POLICE Constantly Terrified CD wolf eyes prurient yellow swans harry pussy USD $11.98 Buy It Now 21h 15m
Black Swans - Occasion for Song NEW 2xLP USD $31.99 Buy It Now 21h 37m
DEAD SWANS - SLEEPWALKERS CD NEW+ USD $20.33 Buy It Now 21h 51m
SWANS 'Love Of Life' Vinyl LP NEW & SEALED USD $29.96 Buy It Now 23h 42m
DINGUS KHAN - SUPPORT MISTLEY SWANS CD ROCK INDEPENDENT NEW+ USD $22.06 Buy It Now 1 day
SWANS To Be Kind 2CD 1 DVD with booklet Young God records 46 USD $6.99 [0 bids]
1 day
SWANS - To Be Kind (2CD Digipack) USD $12.37 Buy It Now 1 day
SWANS - MY FATHER WILL GUIDE ME UP A ROPE TO... CD NEW+ USD $20.34 Buy It Now 1 day
SWANS - TO BE KIND (LTD EDITION 2CD+DVD) 2 CD + DVD NEW+ USD $29.32 Buy It Now 1 day
JOE SATRIANI "BLACK SWANS AND WORMHOLE WIZARDS" CD NEW+ USD $13.69 Buy It Now 1 day
CD - Elena Kats-Chernin - Wild Swans - Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - ABC USD $16.30 Buy It Now 1 day
Michael Martin Murphey- Swans Against The Sun LP (1975 Country Rock) EX UK USD $2.89 Buy It Now 1 day
Swans Greed PVC8949 lp Gira Sonic Youth goth industrial '86 punk ministry rare! USD $79.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Swans - White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity [Vinyl New] USD $25.57 Buy It Now 1 day
Swans: The Great Annihilator vintage 90's t shirt, Young God Records, Gira USD $35.97 [0 bids]
1 day
The Wild Swans - Incandescent (NEW 2 x 12" VINYL LP) USD $36.29 Buy It Now 1 day
SWANS - To Be Kind CD JAPAN NEW 2014 CD + DVD +Bonus USD $61.07 Buy It Now 1 day
Implodes Black Earth Vinyl LP Sealed 1st Pressing Godspeed You Swans Grouper USD $17.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Michael Murphy Swans Against the Sun LP 33851 USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
JONATHAN KANE SWANS 2005 "February" NEW/SEALED NYC NOISE LP USD $19.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Wild Swans - Space Flower (CD) USD $10.56 Buy It Now 1 day
TOP- Emotion Lotion LP & 7" Single (1991 Indie Rock Vinyl EX) Wild Swans/Smaller USD $16.38 Buy It Now 1 day
DEAD SWANS "Sleepwalkers" LP hatebreed terror converge code orange bane afi hxc USD $14.00 [1 bids]
1 day
Black Swans & Wormhole Wizards, New Music USD $18.61 Buy It Now 1 day
Elena Kats-Chernin- Wild Swans/Piano Concerto CD (2007) Rudner/Tasmanian SO USD $8.63 Buy It Now 1 day
Satriani, Joe - Black Swans And Wormhole Wizar NEW CD USD $6.69 Buy It Now 1 day
GORE Mean Mans Dream 2LP RED/BLACK dutch hypnosludge REISSUE swans godflesh loop USD $21.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Swans Filth LP vinyl record sealed reissue bauhaus sonic youth USD $16.95 Buy It Now 1 day
UNCUT MAGAZINE JULY 2016 SIGNS OF THE TIMES SWANS HOLGER CZUKAY MY MORNING CD USD $5.45 [0 bids]
1 day
White Light From the Mouth of Infinity Swans CD USD $31.82 Buy It Now 1 day
Swans - Filth (L.P.#1, E.P.#1) 1982/83 (Young God Records) CD, Album, Comp USD $7.00 [0 bids]
1 day
SWANS In The Morning/ Believe In Me 7" 45 SOUL R&B VINYL 70's reissue USD $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
To Be Kind 5051083079280 by Swans, CD with DVD, BRAND NEW FREE P USD $29.69 Buy It Now 1 day
Love of Life by Swans (CD, Mar-1992, Sky Records) RARE OOP USD $30.00 Buy It Now 1 day
SWANS - THE GREAT ANNIHILATOR-CD USD $0.99 [1 bids]
1 day
TERRY LEE PRESENTS - LOST NITE - V.A. LP - JIVE FIVE, CAPRIS, JESTERS, SWANS USD $14.95 Buy It Now 1 day
RARE ADV PROMO Foetus CASSETTE TAPE Gash JG Thirlwell MARC RIBOT Firewater SWANS USD $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Elephants Into Swans by The Sun Sawed in 1/2 (CD, Jan-2013, CD Baby... USD $17.82 Buy It Now 1 day
Swans - Burning World LP Record Vinyl - BRAND NEW - Re-Issue USD $22.78 Buy It Now 2 days
Swans - My Father Will Guide Me *SIGNED by Michael Gira* (LP 2010) NEW USD $29.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Skin (Swans, Jarboe, Michael Gira) - Blood Women Roses (LP 1986 33PROD-4A) NM- USD $39.99 Buy It Now 2 days
9/10/93PGN22 SWANS : SONIC MIND JUNCTION ADVERT 7X5" USD $6.81 Buy It Now 2 days
Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky - Vinyl LP NEW USD $33.11 Buy It Now 2 days
Swans FILTH orig. 1st Ed. vinyl LP Neutral 1985 mint TEST PRESSING Glenn Branca USD $21.50 [10 bids]
2 days
The Seer 5051083079259 by Swans, CD with DVD, BRAND NEW FREE P&H USD $28.30 Buy It Now 2 days
Swans - To Be Kind CD (2014) USD $14.31 [0 bids]
2 days
Michael Murphey - Blue Sky - Night Thunder/Swans Against the Sun (2011) CD NEW USD $9.77 Buy It Now 2 days
Care Flaming Sword 7" Wild Swans Ian Brodie USD $5.44 Buy It Now 2 days
SWANS (GREED 1LP), 1986 USD $45.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Swans-Burning World CD NEW USD $16.25 Buy It Now 2 days
The Seer [Digipak] by Swans (CD, Aug-2012, 2 Discs, Young God) USD $12.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Sufjan Stevens-Seven Swans CD 2004 Rough Trade RTRADCD162 USD $27.24 Buy It Now 2 days
Michael Martin Murphey - Swans Against the Sun (Epic 33851) ('75) USD $14.99 Buy It Now 2 days
JAMES BLACKSHAW "O True Believers" LP 2006 (swans , jack rose) USD $34.07 [0 bids]
2 days
PETER BRODERICK & GABRIEL SALOMAN s/t LP NEW VINYL Beacon Yellow Swans Efterklan USD $21.99 Buy It Now 2 days
YELLOW SWANS -AT ALL ENDS LP Rare Ltd Edition Vinyl Psych Noise Drone Wolf Eyes USD $22.99 Buy It Now 2 days
SWANS FILTH Signed M Gira Hand-painted Ltd Art Edition 1/500 First Pressing RARE USD $1,340.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Michael Murphy Swans Against the Sun LP FREE USA SHIPPING USD $8.99 Buy It Now 2 days
NAT KENDRICK AND THE SWANS Mashed Potatoes Part 1 & 2 DADE 1804 R&B 45 7" USD $14.99 Buy It Now 2 days
BODYCHOKE Cold River Songs CD UK post-punk/dirge rock Sutcliffe Jugend Swans NEW USD $14.99 Buy It Now 2 days
The Glowing Man * by Swans (CD, Jun-2016, 2 Discs, Young God) USD $6.50 [2 bids]
2 days
0 result found for "SWANS"
Visit LPCDressisues.com for more results
More places to buy SWANS music online Buy SWANS & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for SWANS DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)
SWANS has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

SWANS discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

SWANS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 29 ratings
Filth
1983
3.36 | 24 ratings
Cop
1984
3.35 | 21 ratings
Greed
1986
3.69 | 20 ratings
Holy Money
1986
4.41 | 50 ratings
Children of God
1987
3.13 | 20 ratings
The Burning World
1989
4.07 | 37 ratings
White Light From the Mouth of Infinity
1991
3.72 | 20 ratings
Love of Life
1992
3.81 | 34 ratings
The Great Annihilator
1995
4.14 | 48 ratings
Soundtracks for the Blind
1996
3.93 | 34 ratings
My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
2010
4.17 | 123 ratings
The Seer
2012
4.01 | 157 ratings
To Be Kind
2014
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Glowing Man
2016

SWANS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.50 | 10 ratings
Public Castration is a Good Idea
1986
4.67 | 3 ratings
Feel Good Now
1987
4.50 | 4 ratings
Anonymous Bodies in an Empty Room
1990
5.00 | 2 ratings
Real Love
1992
4.50 | 2 ratings
Omniscience
1992
5.00 | 1 ratings
Kill the Child: 1985/1986/1987 Live
1995
4.15 | 8 ratings
Swans Are Dead
1998
4.14 | 7 ratings
We Rose From Your Bed with the Sun in Our Head
2012
4.25 | 8 ratings
Not Here / Not Now
2013
3.33 | 3 ratings
The Gate
2015

SWANS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

SWANS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.32 | 3 ratings
Body to Body, Job to Job
1991
4.00 | 4 ratings
Various Failures 1988-1992
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Forever Burned
2003

SWANS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.71 | 7 ratings
Swans
1982
2.96 | 7 ratings
Young God
1984
3.09 | 3 ratings
A Screw
1986
3.00 | 2 ratings
Time Is Money (Bastard)
1986
4.00 | 7 ratings
Die Tür ist zu
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Oxygen
2014

SWANS Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Love of Life by SWANS album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.72 | 20 ratings

BUY
Love of Life
Swans Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This one is something of a sequel to White Light From the Mouth of Infinity, and its packaging and reissue history is a big clue to that; the two albums went out of print for a long while until they got reissued on a compilation with each other and a bunch of bonus tracks from the same era recently, and the cover art shows the bunny from the cover of White Light coming to a bad end.

Musically, the group continue their bid to combine commercially viable gothic rock with their particular brand of post- punk miserablism, but they get a little more experimental with it, with results which are a bit mixed but end up being interesting to listen to (even if the bid for commercial viability seems to have collapsed). Even when they start threatening to get into, say, something resembling the more conventional Melvins songs or perhaps something the Pixies might have picked up on, they end up falling back into their old weirder ways, with some tracks resurrecting the stark industrial noisy doom sound of their early releases at disconcerting moments. Worth a dabble, but kind of falls between two stools.

 White Light From the Mouth of Infinity by SWANS album cover Studio Album, 1991
4.07 | 37 ratings

BUY
White Light From the Mouth of Infinity
Swans Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars On this release Swans go full, 100%, "tracks from this album were recommended as background music in a Vampire: the Masquerade book" goth, to the point where Michael Gira's vocal delivery adopts that particular stentorian tone reminiscent of goth vocalists trying really hard to imitate Andrew Eldritch.

This would be seen as a risible and mercifully brief phase in their existence between their shockingly raw early post- punk material that preceded this and their exceptional post-rock material that came after, were it not for one thing: they're amazingly good at this stuff. Perhaps Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds could have stood toe to toe with Swans in the post-punk/goth stakes at this point in time, but precious few others could.

 The Seer by SWANS album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.17 | 123 ratings

BUY
The Seer
Swans Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars A sustained and carefully optimised sonic attack, The Seer runs the full gamut from ugly doomy drones to gorgeous post-rock passages and beyond. Definitely an album to lose yourself in over a wide space of time - with tracks extending for as long as half an hour this isn't something which you can really dip in and out of quickly - it offers some of the most subtle and startling soundscapes in recent music. Recent Swans releases have been divided between major releases and more fannish releases intended to provide means of funding the truly important projects; this is one of those important projects, and it truly merits being considered as such.
 Soundtracks for the Blind by SWANS album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.14 | 48 ratings

BUY
Soundtracks for the Blind
Swans Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars With snatches of found audio and occasional moments of punkish intensity emerging from the depths of a sinister ambient post-rock landscape, Swans' Soundtracks For the Blind is a daunting musical prospect which cries out for multiple listens to unpack its many mysteries. The final statement's of the band's original incarnation before they entered a period of hiatus, it sees the group's sound building on the comprehensive sonic recalibration of The Great Annihilator and moving it in a more experimental direction, with the band's post-punk and noise rock roots by now visible mostly in the form of attitude rather than actual sonic features.
 Young God by SWANS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1984
2.96 | 7 ratings

BUY
Young God
Swans Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars There's a flicker of tension and pensiveness about the slow doomy dirges on Swans' Young God. Whereas Cop came across as outraged, furious, but ultimately dead and rotting, somewhere deep within Young God something sinister is gradually coming to life. Complementing its parent album nicely - the two releases are usually conjoined on CD reissues - Young God is another important signpost in the early evolution of Swans and sounds even less like traditional doom metal than Cop. Fans of Burning Witch in particular might find this work an intriguing precedent for Witch's own particular brand of "how sickly can I make this riff sound?" doom.
 Cop by SWANS album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.36 | 24 ratings

BUY
Cop
Swans Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Swans take doom metal riffs, post-punk production and disturbing lyrics and sort of mash them up into an unbelievably ugly gumbo on Cop, their second album. Howling about police brutality, heartache, jobs and violence, frontman Michael Gira is backed by riffs that sound like the world's roof falling in. Pegged by some as noise rock (and good golly is it noisy), I personally see it as a precedent for Black Flag's latter-day experiments in slowing their riffs down and getting weird (see, for instance, The Process of Weeding Out). Just about saved from doom metal territory by virtue of a complete lack of 1970s nostalgia or stoner pipe dreams, Cop is a cold, hard look at an ugly reality.
 Soundtracks for the Blind by SWANS album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.14 | 48 ratings

BUY
Soundtracks for the Blind
Swans Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Michael Gira had already decided to disband SWANS and this was to be their final album with a farewell tour to follow. He certainly decided they would go out with a bang as this is almost 2 1/2 hours long and about as ambitious a release as I've heard. As far as being influential there are so many Post-Rock bands that point to this album as being their inspiration. This is also the highest rated SWANS album on RYM. Whereas GY!BE's early albums were apocalyptic with the end of the World being the theme, "Soundtracks For The Blind" comes off as being an album that looks deep into the human condition and all the darkness that comes with it. I'm not sure which is more frightening to be honest. This is a dark, experimental, disturbing, chilling work that will leave a mark on you. The line "Filthy with remorse" for some reason sums up a lot of what is on here for me. There are lots of loops, samples and spoken words including many recorded with a hand-held cassette recorder. All of what SWANS had recorded up to this point seems to be touched upon in some measure. Of course this would prove not to be their final album as it was very successful.

Disc one is titled "Silver" and opens with "Red Velvet Corridor" which is an interesting song to start with as we get a soundscape that is electronic-like with no vocals. "I Was A Prisoner In Your Skull" continues with that style until manipulated vocals on a loop arrive. The drums join in and build and the vocals fade. Great sound here. A calm after 3 minutes then spoken words come in that make me laugh. Creepy music joins in a minute later as he continues to speak. "Helpless Child" has this dark and haunting soundscape to start although it does brighten. Reserved vocals 3 minutes in. This is laid back and melancholic. Vocals stop 7 minutes in and the soundscape turns more adventerous. Strummed guitar and organ dominate. Drums after 9 minutes as it starts to build. I like the guitar off in the distance late.

"Live Through Me" is a track I really like, very electronic sounding with strummed guitar a minute in. "Yum-Yab Killers" doesn't even sound like the same band with those Punk-like female vocals from Jarboe and that catchy sound. "The Beautiful Days" features another dark and inventive soundscape. I just love listening to this with the headphones on. So much going on here that plays with my imagination. A child's voice comes in that's on a loop around 3 1/2 minutes. This will stop but come back later. A haunting soundscape takes over late. Spoken words 7 minutes in that are disturbing. "Volcano" is my least favourite song on here. Female vocals with uptempo drumming and pulsating sounds. Just not a fan at all. It's so out of place.

"Mellothumb" has so much atmosphere it's suffocating. I love it! Intensity before 2 minutes. "All Lined Up" opens with what sounds like field recordings on a loop as other sounds join in. Spoken words a minute in then it kicks in hard as these contrasts continue. "Surrogate" is a short piece with some beautiful sounds. "How They Suffer" opens with a chaotic soundscape before Gira's dad comes in speaking about being legally blind, it ends with Jarboe's mom talking about her health issues. "Animus" ends disc one with some beautiful guitar and keys that echo. Reserved vocals arrive that are sad but meaningful. A change 5 1/2 minutes in as the soundscape starts to drown the vocals.

Disc 2 is called "Copper" and it begins with "Red Velvet Wound". Female vocals and a restrained but catchy melody all start to deconstruct before a minute into a experimental soundscape. She stops singing late. "The Sound" is such an influential track to the Post-Rock genre. A psychedelic and relaxed intro with sounds that echo before reserved vocals arrive around 2 minutes. The vocals stop 4 minutes in as the sound becomes more dynamic. Just kicking ass as this continues to build. Suddenly a calm arrives 10 minutes in as we get that opening theme back and the vocals return. "Her mouth Is Filled With Honey" has strange noises and what sounds like an alarm going off. Samples join in. The alarm stops around 1 1/2 minutes as strange noises continue and spoken words arrive. A dark and eerie ending to this one.

"Blood Section" is a catchy instrumental of guitar and drums mostly. "Hypogirl" opens with a demonic scream from Jarboe as she then starts to pretty much speak the lyrics as the guitar is strummed. Not a fan of this one. "Minus Something" has such a cool soundscape as these spoken words arrive that make me smile. Man that is a creepy sound. He stops talking 2 minutes in as the dark soundscape continues. "Empathy" has a slow and mellow sound as reserved vocals arrive speaking the words. When he stops 3 minutes in the music becomes louder but then it calms right down before 4 minutes. Vocals are back a minute later in this dirge-like piece. "I Love You This Much" has a freaky but cool sounding soundscape with all these inventive sounds. It turns almost confusing 3 minutes in like someone on acid not knowing what's going on.

"YRP" has these strange and manipulated vocal sounds to start. A dark and minimalistic sound then takes over as spoken female words arrive after 1 1/2 minutes. She's singing before 3 minutes then she speaks again. Depressing and hopeless words including vocal melodies. Some heaviness after 6 minutes after she says "I'm your property". "Fans Lament" is almost upbeat as we get strummed guitar and drums as male vocal melodies join in. "Secret Friends" opens with what sounds like organ that echoes for about a minute then strummed guitar takes over as vocal melodies join in briefly. "The Final Sacrifice" is a live tune. Keys, percussion, bass and more to start in this laid back and melancholic track. It's building around 2 minutes then these deep male vocals arrive 3 1/2 minutes in. Lots of emotion in these vocals at 6 minutes and especially at 8 1/2 minutes. "YRP2"sounds great to start as some yells arrive that will make your hair standup. "Surrogate Drone" has lots of drones.

I'd love to edit this down to one disc as it would be a five star recording but it is what it is, almost 2 1/2 hours of music that while innovative and influential, it still has it's flaws. A solid 4 stars.

 My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky by SWANS album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.93 | 34 ratings

BUY
My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
Swans Post Rock/Math rock

Review by witchfinder_general

4 stars I listen to Swans for a very long time, i love their proggresive/experimental rock with some improvisational elements style. Their music just hit me "like diamond bullet straight through my forhead", just like Godspeed You! Black Emperor few years ago. Every album is different so its hard to rate their particular piece of work.

Doesnt matter what people say, this is great album, better than the new ones but a little weaker than the oldies. Production is just perfect - all instruments sound great, it sounds very harsh and heavy (not as heavy as in "childern...") but this is a good thing. Gira did a great job releasing this piece of art. But is it essential? I don't think so, it has everything except this "thing" called factor x, thing that "Soundtracks for the Blind" or "Children of God" had. It starts very psychedelic with "No Words/No Thoughts" its going very smooth through "Jim", "You [%*!#]ing people make me sick", "Inside Madeline" and ends very graceful with "Little Mouth". I love it!

 The Great Annihilator by SWANS album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.81 | 34 ratings

BUY
The Great Annihilator
Swans Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Lewian

3 stars The Great Annihilator could be seen as something of a return to their darker beginnings, or on the other hand as a predecessor of their later development in "Seer" and "To Be Kind" (the next release "Soundtrack for the Blind" is quite different, though). Although there are three calmer songs on it, it's vast majority is dark, heavy, archaic, guitar oriented, and driven by monotonous rhythms, and as such it is among the most consistent Swans records. It also represents a turn after a number of more melodic records with folky elements, of which there are hardly any here. Obvious influences are darker new wave music such as Killing Joke, Joy Division and Dead can Dance, and on the other hand I feel reminded of early Krautrock; the beginning could have been in Amon Duul II's Phallus Dei but for the more 90s standard production here, and some of the more hypnotic parts make me associate early Can (this will become much stronger on Seer).

The monstrous wall of sound sometimes comes quite close to Seer, but Swans are just slightly less wild and crazy and more disciplined here. I like how the drums keep a good balance between a machine-like steadyness and well-dosed hints at urgency and overdrive, showing where this could go without really going there already (again, Seer is two steps further). Gira's voice is rather monotonous here, which gives the thing a stronger goth feel than other of their records. Also they didn't yet have the nerve to play out their orgies to 15+ minutes. Quite a number of songs are faded out and some faded in, making me believe that they may actually have been part of longer sessions, but they didn't yet consider it a good idea to put them on a record in full length.

The Great Annihilator is dark and atmospheric and I'd think it was an important step for the band foreshadowing what they'd be able to do in the 2010s. It's a good record for those who like this kind of atmosphere. On the other hand, it has a somewhat incomplete feel to it with a number of ideas tried out that would only be elaborated later, and is perhaps with all its obvious influences not as original and autonomous than many other Swans-releases. I like it but for my taste it's somehow eclipsed by Seer and To Be Kind, which I got to know earlier and which are far more radical and unique. Had I known this already in the 1990s, who knows, I may have given it more stars.

 Greed by SWANS album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.35 | 21 ratings

BUY
Greed
Swans Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Dobermensch
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I guess something had to give considering the pulverising onslaught of the previous recordings. 'Greed' reveals a stripped down 'Swans' and is a highly negatively charged album. It doesn't have the masochistic pleasure of the previous 'Cop'. Michael Gira's deep and aggressive vocals remain. He sounds like he has a cement mixer where his larynx should be.

There's no happy go lucky pub-knees-up to be heard anywhere in the vicinity of 'Swans' at the best of times and this is no exception. In fact this is probably their most miserable sounding album they released. The opener has the surprising inclusion of a piano. The half speed guitar plays the same 4 chord guitar sequence as Floyd's 'In the Flesh' and it's a real downer, so if you're not keen on heavy negative emotions you're advised to steer well clear.

Jarboe makes her first appearance as a member of Swans on 'Nobody' - a self-hating dirge that has some wonderfully apocalyptic 'Gira' vocals at the 3 minute mark as some crunching, repetitive drums appear. Jarboe's contribution is relegated to some 'oohs and ahhs' in the background. This is Swans' anti capitalist, money is evil recording. The drums are particularly well mixed in 'Greed' and have a doom-laden echoey feel. There's a clever approach on this album where quiet pauses are used which add to the overall feel of imminent looming disaster.

Musically it's nothing special. Quite poor in fact. It's the emotion and atmosphere it creates that raises this album above the sum of its parts. I wasn't aware of Michael Gira's state of mind until hearing this album which was the most vocal orientated to this point. You therefore pay more attention to what he's bumping his gums about - and it's not good. Not good at all. Clearly his brain was full of broken bottles.

The stodgy lethargy evaporates with the entirely Industrial 'Money is Flesh'. This is a repetitive, thumping, drum based mantra where once again it's the intense baritone and dominant vocals that make the track shine.

The undoubted highlight is the superb 'Time is Money'. An upbeat but really violent track with some very disturbing imagery. It's best I don't dwell on this here. Lets just say that it's sexual in nature. This is probably my favourite 'Swans' track of all time and it's also their most evil moment. The drums are pounding, relentless and machine-gun like. It's also guitar free. 'Gira' sings like he's just flown his kite into an overhead electrical pylon where he spits venom and vitriol from the outset. This is as loud as War itself.

'Greed' and its successor 'Holy Money' are two peas in the same pod. This could easily have been a double album but that would have left even the most strong willed left thoroughly suicidal.

The musicians must have left these recordings bewildered and totally dejected. There's no fun to be had at all. Every sound and beat is used as a vehicle for Michael Gira's demented, tortured and unhappy mindset.

Thanks to angelmk for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.91 seconds