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Swans, The Glowing Man (Young God/Mute Records)
CD Reviews: May 19, 2016

05/19/16



Swans, The Glowing Man (Young God/Mute Records)

Nietzsche would be proud of this 14th album from the New York experimental/industrial vangard, not that he’d have any problem with their other recent stuff either. The first two songs, which will take up nearly 38 minutes of your life, offer deep, deep eternity for those with a psyche-noise-rock bent, specifically Pink Floyd meets Neurosis on “Cloud of Forgetting” and Boris vs. Einstürzende Neubauten on “Cloud of Unknowing.” This may all sound quite unmarketable, but the fact is their 2014 LP To Be Kind climbed to No. 36 on the Billboard 200, so this is indeed a viable commodity, never even minding the fact that we had Sunn(((O))) and bands like that carving out careers within this habitat. As always, stubborn, unmitigated repetition is the game, bandleader Michael Gira preaching from the reverberated murk with solemn intonation on the aforementioned opening track, then channeling Iggy over the Byrds-like “The World Looks Red,” which revisits previous attempts at deconstructing the Doors’ “The End.” It’s as po-faced as ever, I’ll give it that.





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