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The Glowing Man Out June 17th on Young God / Mute

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Today Swans announced their new album, The Glowing Man, will be released June 17th on Young God / Mute. The album was recorded at Sonic Ranch, near El Paso, Texas, with John Congleton as recording engineer. Additional recording was done at Congleton’s Elmwood Studio, in Dallas, Texas, and at Seattle’s Studio Litho with Don Gunn and at Berlin studio CandyBomber with Ingo Krauss. The band has also shared a short but hard-charging preview of the title track that you can listen to below as well as lengthy North American and European tours.

Swans leader Michael Gira had the following to say about the title track: “‘The Glowing Man’ contains a section of the song ‘Bring The Sun’ from our previous album, To Be Kind. The section is, of course, newly performed and orchestrated to work within its current setting. ‘The Glowing Man’ itself grew organically forward and out of improvisations that took place live during the performance of ‘Bring The Sun’, so it seemed essential to include that relevant section here. Since over the long and tortured course of the current song’s genesis, it had always been such an integral cornerstone I believe we’d have been paralyzed and unable to perform the entire piece at all without it.”

The Glowing Man will be available on double CD and deluxe triple gatefold vinyl, with a poster and digital download. In addition, there will be a double CD/DVD format, which features a Swans live performance from 2015. The album can be pre-ordered here: pre order link: http://younggodrecords.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-glowing-man. Its their fourth album since reuniting, following critically acclaimed studio albums My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (2010), 2012’s The Seer and 2014’s To Be Kind.

Gira had the following to say about the album’s lineup:

“In 2009 when I made the decision to restart my musical group, Swans, I had no idea where it would lead. I knew that if I took the road of mining the past or revisiting the catalog, that it would be fruitless and stultifying. After much thought about how to make this an adventure that would instead lead the music forward into unexpected terrain, I chose the five people with whom to work that I believed would most ably provide a sense of surprise, and even uncertainty, while simultaneously embodying the strength and confidence to ride the river of intention that flows from the heart of the sound wherever it would lead us - and what’s the intention? LOVE!

And so finally this LOVE has now led us, with the release of the new and final recording from this configuration of Swans, The Glowing Man, through four albums (three of which contain more complexity, nuance and scope than I would have ever dreamed possible), several live releases, various fundraiser projects, countless and seemingly endless tours and rehearsals, and a generally exhausting regimen that has left us stunned but still invigorated and thrilled to see this thing through to its conclusion. I hereby thank my brothers and collaborators for their commitment to whatever truth lies at the center of the sound. I’m decidedly not a Deist, but on a few occasions - particularly in live performance - it’s been my privilege, through our collective efforts, to just barely grasp something of the infinite in the sound and experience generated by a force that is definitely greater than all of us combined. When talking with audience members after the shows or through later correspondence, it’s also been a true privilege to discover they’ve experienced something like this too. Whatever the force is that has led us through this extended excursion, it’s been worthwhile for many of us, and I’m grateful for what has been the most consistently challenging and fulfilling period of my musical life.

Going forward, post the touring associated with The Glowing Man, I’ll continue to make music under the name Swans, with a revolving cast of collaborators. I have little idea what shape the sound will take, which is a good thing. Touring will definitely be less extensive, I’m certain of that! Whatever the future holds, I’ll miss this particular locus of human and musical potential immensely: Norman Westberg, Kristof Hahn, Phil Puleo, Christopher Pravdica, Thor Harris, and myself mixed in there somewhere, too.”


1. Cloud of Forgetting

2. Cloud of Unknowing

3. The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black

4. People Like Us

5. Frankie M.

6. When Will I Return?

7. The Glowing Man

8. Finally, Peace.


6 July - Philadelphia PA, Union Transfer

7 July - Boston MA, Royale Nightclub

8 July - Providence RI, Fete

9 July - Quebec QC, Le Cercle

10 July - Toronto ON, Danforth Music Hall

12 July - Detroit MI, St Andrews Hall

13 July - Milwaukee WI, Shank Hall

14 July - Minneapolis MN, Fine Line Music Cafe

15 July - Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall

16 July - Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall

18 July - Cleveland OH, Beachland Ballroom

19 July - Cincinnati OH, Woodward Theater

21 July - Louisville KY, Headliner’s Music Hall

22 July - Atlanta GA, Terminal West

23 July - Asheville NC, Orange Peel

24 July - Nashville TN, Exit / In

26 July - Carrboro NC, Cats Cradle

27 July - Richmond VA The Broadberry

28 July - Washington DC, 9:30 CLUB

29 July - New York NY, Bowery Ballroom

30 July - Brooklyn NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg

1 Sept - Tucson AZ, Rialto Theater

2 Sept - Los Angeles CA, Fonda Theater

3 Sept - San Francisco CA, The Regency Grand Ballroom

4 Sept - Portland OR, Wonder Ballroom

6 Sept - Vancouver BC, Venue

7 Sept - Seattle WA, The Showbox

9 Sept - Salt Lake City UT, Urban Lounge

10 Sept - Denver CO, Gothic Theater

12 Sept - Dallas TX, Trees

13 Sept - Austin TX, Mohawk Austin

14 Sept - San Antonio TX, Paper Tiger

15 Sept - Albuquerque NM, Sunshine Theater

16 Sept - Phoenix AZ, Crescent Ballroom

6 Oct - Brussels BE, Oranjerie Botantique

7 Oct - Eindhoven NL, De Effenaar

8 Oct - Brighton UK, Concorde 2

9 Oct - Manchester UK, HMV Ritz

11 Oct - Glasgow UK, Oran Mor

12 Oct - Newcastle Upon Tyne UK, Northumbria University

13 Oct - London UK, Islington Assembly Hall

14 Oct - London UK, Islington Assembly Hall

15 Oct - Reims FR, La Cartonnerie

17 Oct - Hamburg DE, Kampnagel

18 Oct - Berlin DE, Huxleys Neue Welt

19 Oct - Prague CZ, Divaldo ARCHA Theatre

21 Oct - Budapest HU, A38 Ship

22 Oct - Vienna AT, Arena Big Hall

23 Oct - Graz AT, Orpheum Extra

25 Oct - Ljubljana SL, Kino Kiska Centre for Urban Culture

26 Oct - Zagreb HR, Lauba

28 Oct - Basel CH, Kaserne

29 Oct - Vevey CH, Rocking Chair

30 Oct - Bern CH, Reitschule Dachstock

1 Nov - Tourcoin FR, Le Grand Mix

2 Nov - Nimes FR, La Paloma

5 Nov - Bologna IT, Teatro Auditorium Manzoni

6 Nov - Rome IT, Orion Live Club

8 Nov - Nantes FR, Stereolux

9 Nov - Paris FR, Le Trabendo

10 Nov - Cologne DE, Gebäude 9

11 Nov - Munich DE, Feierwerk

12 Nov - Wiesbaden DE, Kulturezentrum Schlachthof


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