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Listen: Swans’ new song “Oxygen”

on April 15, 2014, 9:19am

Swans have unveiled “Oxygen”, the second track from their crowd-sourced thirteenth studio album, To Be Kind, due out May 13th via Young God/Mute Records. Despite being a full minute longer than the already-lengthy “A Little God in My Hands”, “Oxygen” is a much less daunting musical endeavor.

Layering in bits of funk guitar and rhythm, group harmonies that evoke nights at the pub, and a cannonade of drums, the band’s emerged with something playful and energetic. Don’t worry, though, as the Fun Train eventually takes a turn for the Swans worse, devolving into a familiar barrage of primal angst and bone-jarring noise. But, hey, it’s a damn groovy time while it lasts.

(Read: Dusting Em’ Off: Swans – Children of God)

Listen in below:

As previously reportedTo Be Kind was recorded by Michael Gira at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, and features St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, Cold Specks, Little Annie, and Bill Rieflin, in addition to the usual lineup of Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris, and Christopher Pravdica.

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