Listen to new Swans track
2014-03-21 by Raul Stanciu STAFF | 61 Comments

Swans have started streaming 'A Little God In Our Hands', the first track off the new LP, To Be Kind to see the light of day. The album will be released on May 13 through Young God/Mute Records.

Along with the song, the album art was also revealed, featuring 6 paintings by Bob Biggs each displayed on a different panel. To use them, it took over three decades for Michael Gira to obtain Biggs' consent.

Read the whole story behind the album art and listen to 'A Little God In Our Hands' here: http://pitchfork.com/news/54441-swans-share-new-song-a-little-god-in-our-hands-six-part-art-for-new-album-to-be-kind/

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icatchthirtythree
March 21st 2014

299 Comments


That was great! Now I'm really pumped.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2014

16081 Comments


5/5 song goddamn

oltnabrick
March 21st 2014

30053 Comments


i love it

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2014

3321 Comments


they say the track's a free download. i didn't find the link in the paragraph or the Young God website, if someone does, feel free to post it here and i'll add it to the article.

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BigPleb
March 21st 2014

33892 Comments


That was fucking awesome.

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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2014

16081 Comments


you literally just click " Swans: "A Little God in My Hands" next to the play button


insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2014

3321 Comments


oooooh, that was veeeery slick.

Underflow
March 21st 2014

2522 Comments


Album cover of the year.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2014

16081 Comments


listened to it on my shitty laptop speakers then through my sound system and it sounds surprisingly awesome in shitty quality

gira yr work knows no auditory bounds

drakefan421
March 21st 2014

192 Comments


I HAVE A BONER

oltnabrick
March 21st 2014

30053 Comments


The whole album is actually streaming here if you want to spoil yourselves with the new Swans LP two months before it comes out.


ResidentNihilist
March 21st 2014

957 Comments


oltna stick to trying to be black dude.

Futures
March 21st 2014

7571 Comments


lol

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oltnabrick
March 21st 2014

30053 Comments


um


drakefan421
March 21st 2014

192 Comments


oltna stick to trying to be black dude. [2]

oltnabrick
March 21st 2014

30053 Comments


u guys being serious or

Uranium
March 21st 2014

7043 Comments


Amazing, amazing, amazing song and those album covers are hilarious

IronGiant
March 21st 2014

707 Comments


could never get into swans before (too unaccessible/sludgy for me personally) but this is freaking awesome. if album follows in this vein it will be an easy 4/5

Nikkolae
March 21st 2014

4747 Comments


goddamit i just cant get into this band, smh

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gryndstone
March 21st 2014

256 Comments


I love the story behind the baby paintings, track was outstanding.
super excited gonna puke

FadedSun
March 21st 2014

1243 Comments


They're playing in Boston on my bday. Must go!

North0House2
March 21st 2014

5800 Comments


I'm not a fan of Gira's attitude. But man does he make some bloody amazing music.

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FreddieDelaney31
March 21st 2014

54 Comments


song is just so fucking great. I will enjoy this more than The Seer.

TheBarber
March 21st 2014

1617 Comments


Grooves hard, artwork is terrifying

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GreyShadow
March 21st 2014

433 Comments


This was a lot more easy to access than what I have heard by this band so far. It's killer

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Hovse
March 21st 2014

553 Comments


sounds different

aircycle
March 21st 2014

881 Comments


i love new swans

Spluger
March 21st 2014

1115 Comments


hmmmmmm...

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Ryus
March 21st 2014

2102 Comments


holy fuck this rules

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
March 21st 2014

11697 Comments


can't wait to 1 it

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Polyethylene
March 21st 2014

3049 Comments


love at first listen

Green Baron
March 21st 2014

17755 Comments


They should make artwork with a Swan on the cover

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Polyethylene
March 21st 2014

3049 Comments


Faith No More already did that, Gira is about INNOVATION and REVOLUTION jeez don't you read the papers

Thor
March 21st 2014

10176 Comments


swans > god

cinaedus
March 21st 2014

26297 Comments


excited to listen this

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icatchthirtythree
March 21st 2014

299 Comments


guys this is just way too good I can't handle it

zaruyache
March 21st 2014

5831 Comments


Super weird but of course I can dig it.

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cinaedus
March 21st 2014

26297 Comments


yeah this is weird even by swans standards, hella good tho

Havey
March 21st 2014

9615 Comments


"They should make artwork with a Swan on the cover"

no

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EyesWideShut
March 21st 2014

3093 Comments


gira is god

SputnikSweetheart
March 21st 2014

181 Comments


sounds really promising

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2014

8737 Comments


can't be the only one who thought that was fucking awful

but i probably am

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cinaedus
March 22nd 2014

26297 Comments


probably

flaffy
March 22nd 2014

157 Comments


they always have the best album covers

CaptainAaarrrggghhh
March 22nd 2014

159 Comments


Weird, was just contemplating the sound of To Be Kind while listening to The Seer. And now the new track is out.
Sounds like it could easily fit on The Seer. Not sure if it's a good thing.

Uranium
March 22nd 2014

7043 Comments


It's one of their easiest songs to digest but then again it's not. Needless to say, this tune has been on repeat all day.



Uranium
March 22nd 2014

7043 Comments


'can't be the only one who thought that was fucking awful'

there might be another person or two, but probably not -- this is tits

laterenima
March 22nd 2014

221 Comments


gira's voice and his grasp of melody gets better with age

ILiveInNetherlands
March 22nd 2014

512 Comments


this, sir

ShrillYell
March 22nd 2014

181 Comments


amazing track, the only band that continuously amazes me 20 or so years into their career.

Deadwing42
March 22nd 2014

135 Comments


this rules so fucking hard

Deadwing42
March 22nd 2014

135 Comments


oh my fuck song of the year so far jesus

aaronrkc
March 22nd 2014

115 Comments


I personally really like it, but I kinda understand why some fans wouldn’t like it. The track’s well-structured, easy to digest, so not necessarily what some people want out of a Swans track.

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clander270
March 22nd 2014

126 Comments


This song is much easier to listen to than their 30-minute epics or lengthy droning tracks, but it's so fucking good. So excited for this album.

fuckthatnoise
March 22nd 2014

1479 Comments


CD1:
1. Screen Shot (8:04)
2. Just A Little Boy (for Chester Burnett) (12:39)
3. A Little God In My Hands (7:08)
4. Bring The Sun / Toussaint L’Ouverture (34:05)
5. Some Things We Do (5:09)
CD2:
1. She Loves Us (17:00)
2. Kirsten Supine (10:32)
3. Oxygen ( 7:59)
4. Nathalie Neal (10:14)
5. To Be Kind (8:22)

Upsidedown_and_Sideways
March 22nd 2014

256 Comments


smoothly does it.

ShrillYell
March 23rd 2014

181 Comments


"but I kinda understand why some fans wouldn’t like it. "

You mean fans of only The Seer?

A lot of their older stuff (i.e., Great Annihilator, White Light, etc) are much more straightforward in structure. And to be honest, fans just want to be delightfully surprised by these guys. A The Seer part 2 would have been the most disappointing move.

Uranium
March 23rd 2014

7043 Comments


agreed shrilly

Trophycase
March 28th 2014

194 Comments


Another 34 minute song. Fuck yeah.

Rowan5215
March 28th 2014

24415 Comments


This is fantastic

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Polyethylene
March 28th 2014

3049 Comments


Aw yeah!



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