To many fans excitement, experimental rockers Swans resurfaced in 2010 following a 13-year hiatus. 2010 saw the release of My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To the Sky, the band’s first new record since, which was followed up by 2012’sThe Seer (which featured a 32-minute long title track), and the 2014 album To Be Kind. Today, they return with their 14th studio record, The Glowing Man, which has been made available to stream (below) via Spotify.
Last summer, frontman Michael Gira revealed the release would mark Swans’ final record with its current lineup. The band worked with producer/engineer John Congleton at Texas’ Sonic Ranch studio, Gira later did additional work in Dallas, and finished it up at Soundgarden’s studio in Seattle with Bill Rieflin who has contributed to the band since 1996.
In his review of the album, Sean Barry writes:
“The band’s current incarnation (comprising Gira, Christoph Hahn, Thor Harris, Christopher Pravdica, Phil Puleo, and Norman Westberg) arrived on 2010’s My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To the Sky, but found a more singular approach with 2012’s The Seer. From that immense record stemmed a sort of epic trilogy with 2014’s To Be Kind as its greater sequel and now The Glowing Man as the grand finale in more ways than one.”
The album’s eight tracks are split evenly across two discs because, true to form, a handful of the songs span over 20 minutes with the longest (the title track, of course) clocking in at 28:51. As a whole, the “valedictory” record, as Gira called it, has both peaks and valleys in terms of sound — moments where Gira sings in his oh so low voice, and others where he lets the instruments do the talking.
Grab your copy of the album here.