New From Swans – “When Will I Return”
Swans are releasing their new album, The Glowing Man, on June 17 via Young God. It’s the final album by the current version of the band. Now another track from the album has been shared, “When Will I Return.” The song features vocals by Michael Gira’s wife, Jennifer Gira. Michael Gira wrote the song specifically for her to sing, saying in a previous press release: “It’s a tribute to her strength, courage, and resilience in the face of a deeply scarring experience she once endured, and that she continues to overcome daily.” Listen below. [via Undertheradarmag]
Swans (/swɒnz/) is an American experimental rock band originally active from 1982 to 1997, led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. The band was one of the few groups to emerge from the early 1980s New York no wave scene and stay intact into the next decade. Formed by Gira in 1982, Swans employed a shifting lineup of musicians until their dissolution in 1997. Besides Gira, the only other constant members were keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Jarboe from 1984 to 1997, and semi-constant guitarist Norman Westberg. The band became known for its experimental instrumentation and repetitive song structures. In 2010, Gira reformed Swans without Jarboe.
The band announced on July 22, 2015 that they will be recording their fourteenth studio album in September 2015, following a fundraiser album entitled The Gate, as with the three previous post-reunion studio albums. The upcoming studio album is expected to be the final album released under the current lineup of Swans.
On April 5, 2016, Swans announced their fourteenth studio album The Glowing Man and shared a two-minute excerpt of the twenty-nine minute title track. The album is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2016 on Young God Records and Mute Records