Swans announce new 2CD studio album in May and sign with Mute outside North America

Posted on 30/01/14

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Swans announce new 2CD studio album in May and sign with Mute outside North America

Mute announce the signing of Swans for all territories outside of North America plus details of a new album, "To Be Kind", out on May 13, 2014. The album will be released on Young God Records (North America) and Mute in the rest of the world. Says Daniel Miller, "I can't tell you how pleased and excited I am to be working with Michael again, the live shows he has been performing with Swans since they reformed have been utterly outstanding and like nothing else I've seen or heard before."

The new Swans album is currently being mastered at the time of this writing. It will be available as a triple vinyl album, a double CD, and a 2XCD Deluxe Edition that will include a live DVD. It will also be available digitally. In addition, it might also be released as a USB "stick" / flashdrive (with special packaging).

The album was produced by Michael Gira and it was recorded by John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, and further recordings and mixing were accomplished at John's studio in Dallas, Texas. A good portion of the material for this album was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13. Much of the music was otherwise conjured in the studio environment.

The Swans are: Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris, Christopher Pravdica. Special Guests for this record include (among many others): Little Annie, Cold Specks and Bill Rieflin.

Swans, led by Michael Gira, formed in 1982 and, after disbanding in 1997, returned with the albums "My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky" (2010) and 2012's "The Seer".

In March 2014 Michael Gira will commence a solo acoustic tour of Europe and in May 2014 Swans will embark on their most extensive tour ever.

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