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The Angels of Light

The Angels of Light is the songwriting project I started immediately after terminating Swans (1982-1997).

The first album, New Mother, was released in 1999. Next came How I Loved You, released in 2001. Then, Everything Is Good Hear/PleaseCome Home was released in 2003. The album The Angels Of Light Sing ‘Other People’ was released in 2005. We Are Him was released inAugust 2007. ( I’ve also done a few solo, at-home recordings along the way – one mic and my voice and guitar - available only at thiswebsite, as well as a mostly instrumental soundtrack-without-a-film recordi ...read more

The Angels of Light is the songwriting project I started immediately after terminating Swans (1982-1997).

The first album, New Mother, was released in 1999. Next came How I Loved You, released in 2001. Then, Everything Is Good Hear/PleaseCome Home was released in 2003. The album The Angels Of Light Sing ‘Other People’ was released in 2005. We Are Him was released inAugust 2007. ( I’ve also done a few solo, at-home recordings along the way – one mic and my voice and guitar - available only at thiswebsite, as well as a mostly instrumental soundtrack-without-a-film recording called The Body Lovers).

I write the songs on acoustic guitar, then gather musicians and friends, and build up the orchestrations with them in the studio and in liveperformances. I guide the process, but solicit their creative contributions actively. Each recording contains the contributions of an ever-changing plethora of amazing musicians, whom I thank here heartily! After many years (too many to comfortably contemplate!) of dwellingon “sonic overload” with Swans, I now concentrate on augmenting the songs I write with orchestrations that support the basic song, ratherthan the sound itself taking over. My goal is to achieve the same sense of magic I experienced as a child listening to Burle Ives recordingsof Brer Rabbit and other such marvels, including the early Disney children’s records I listened to long ago. I view the arrangements as littlefilms created to make a context for the words and voice, so that one can drift off into the world the music creates. I produce the Angelsrecordings, and the production of the recordings is as important to me as the songs themselves. Most of the instruments used in therecordings are acoustic, but not all. Electric guitars, bass and drums etc., are sometimes used (as well as an occasional electronic sound,or loop), but I intentionally steer clear of a “Rock” sound. It doesn’t interest me at all any more. However, I have no particular fealty to “TheSong” as if it were some sacred codex. On the other hand, just sitting around my house, writing these things, and finally coming up with astatement that I think makes sense, I want to bring them to life as much as possible, in new and challenging ways for both myself and you,so I always strive to present them in a fresh and interesting context. For this reason, I’m always changing the sonic approach from record torecord.

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LPs
We Are Him
2007

3.7
36 Votes
Sing "Other People"
2005

3.7
3 Votes
Everything Is Good Here/ Please Come Home
2003

3.8
28 Votes
How I Loved You
2001

4.1
60 Votes
New Mother
1999

4
26 Votes
Live Albums
We Were Alive
2002

3.5
1 Votes

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