Swans have a new album out.
Called To Be Kind
. Financing for the album was supplied by sales of the live album/collection of demos entitled Not Here/Not Now
, which, for a price, Michael Gira himself would write and original song and send you a video of him singing it, just for you. Oh and, reviews are in for the new album, and they are very favorable. Links inside.Pitchfork
, 9.2: "To Be Kind adheres to a policy of transcendence by any means necessary, even if it means repeatedly bashing you in the face with a mallet until you’re seeing stars and colors."
, A-: "it’s a veritable gnostic gospel of noise-rock; hovering above the scraping and sawing of most mere mortals with guitars and drums, the album scrapes and saws as if attacking the fabric of reality rather than mere sanity. "
, 9: "Swans' 'To Be Kind' Is a Monolithic Orgy of Blood, Guts and…Love"
Consequences of Sound, A-: "When he yelps, “I need love!” on “Just a Little Boy”, it’s not pitiable or demented; it’s merely the human condition boiled down to its rawest essentials via a broken-blues riff drilled into your skull over 12 minutes. In its droning self-focus, To Be Kind exposes the core, both its own and the listener’s, revealing the visceral building blocks of the song as well as the acts of listening and existing."
Tiny Mix Tapes
, 4.5/5: "The achievement of To Be Kind is not a transcendental crossing over to a holy otherness in the sky, but the realization that each mote of filth is part and parcel of the universal mind."
Stream it now at NPR