Swans will release their 13th studio album, "To Be Kind," on May 13th via Young God/Mute. In anticipation, it's streaming in full over at NPR.
Spanning 10 tracks over two discs, the follow-up to 2012's excellent "The Seer" was produced by frontman Michael Gira and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas. According to a press release, "the source material for the album is music developed in live performance during the recent tours, as well as songs written by Gira on acoustic guitar, orchestrated and arranged in the studio."
"To Be Kind" features the guest work of St. Vincent's Annie Clark, who "sang numerous, multi-tracked vocals throughout the record." Other contributors include Cold Specks, Little Annie and Bill Rieflin, in addition to the usual lineup of Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris and Christopher Pravdica.
In an interview with Consequence of Sound, Gira explains his creative process going into the album: "With 'The Seer,' I used a lot of the techniques and tropes and attitudes and approaches to sound from all the different projects I've been involved in," he said. "I used all of that in one record. This record is probably a little more streamlined in a certain way. It doesn't have as many long, ambient sections. I don't really know, to be honest. But I think this is a good record. I certainly put everything I had into it and so did everybody else."
"To Be Kind" tracklist:
01. Screen Shot 02. Just a Little Boy (for Chester Burnett) 03. A Little God in My Hands 04. Bring the Sun / Toussaint L'Ouverture 05. Some Things We Do 06. She Loves Us! 07. Kirsten Supine 08. Oxygen 09. Nathalie Neal 10. To Be Kind