August 15, 2012

Hear New Sound: Swans' "Mother of the World"

Swans are arguably the most preeminent and influential legacy acts to claw their way out of the piss-stained alleys of New York City's '80s-era noise and post-punk scenes. They're perhaps the most endearingly visceral and challenging of the bunch as well. 2010's comeback tour and accompanying return album My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky proved that Michael Gira and his current incarnation of bludgeoning multi-instrumentalists still have a lot of genre-bending innovation left inside their twisted heads, which might explain why their upcoming release The Seer (due out August 28th on Young God) is a two-hour-long double album. Some tracks clock in at over 20 minutes long, but its latest listen "Mother of the World" marches and menaces its articulated shadows over each corner of light as Gira hangs his words lowly within the realm of pop norms. It certainly doesn't arrive without testing your patience in the process, either. Meet the "Mother of the World" below...

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