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Main » 2006 » September » 17 » Swans - 1991 - White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
Swans - 1991 - White Light from the Mouth of Infinity

Swans - 1991 - White Light from the Mouth of Infinity

Michael Gira - voice, acoustic guitar, sounds, samples, keyboards, arrangements
Jarboe - voice, keyboards, background vocals, choral / orchestral arrangements
Christoph Hahn - acoustic and electric guitar
Clinton Steele - acoustic and electric guitar
Jenny Wade - bass guitar
Anton Fier - drums, drum programming
Nicky Skopelitis - acoustic and electric guitar, baglama, bazouki, banjo
Vincent Signorelli -percussion
Hahn Rowe - violin
Steve Burgh - mandolin, 12-string guitar
Norman Westberg - electric guitar

Better Than You
Power And Sacrifice
You Know Nothing
Song For Dead Time
Will We Survive
Love Will Save You
Song For The Sun
Miracle Of Love
When She Breathes
Why Are We Alive?
The Most Unfortunate Lie

Crawling out of the same noisy, arty New York underground , Swans created a dark, abrasive, murky, slowed-down noise rock that served as a starting point for their ruminations about alienation, depression, depravity, and the disturbing side of human nature. Singers Michael Gira and Jarboe have been the group's only constants over the years.

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The opening track "Better Than You" almost says it all: Starting with the wail of an infant, then suddenly crashing into surging music that mixes quick, energetic drums with bells and other instruments, the song turns into a dramatic acoustic guitar/percussion piece with Gira's brooding voice and Jarboe's haunting backing; after some re-developments of the themes, it ends with a beautiful restatement of the sung section with additional guitar and bell sounds. At once incredibly destructive and astoundingly life-affirming — and worth the entire Burning World album several times over — "Better Than You" demonstrates that Swans had emerged even more powerful and artistic than before, aiming for an awesome, all-encompassing majesty in their music that the admittedly hypnotic earlier versions of the band, in their brute forcefulness, simply could not have achieved. Interestingly, a number of players from Burning World and other Bill Laswell associates participate on White Light, but hereas sole producer marshals everyone's collective efforts to heights that Laswell either was unwilling or unable to do. Also notably, Westberg is all but absent on guitar, with new arrival Clinton Steele taking the fore as the major instrumentalist after Gira and Jarboe themselves. Picking out all the highlights from such a stunning disc is practically impossible, but three of the flat-out classic marvels here are: "You Know Nothing," with its simply lovely introduction and Gira's commanding singing; "Song for Dead Time," a gentle Jarboe-sung number filled out by a simple but effective string-synth arrangement; and "Failure," carried by a buried guitar strum, Gira's Sisyphean lyric, and brief, lush choruses. Simply put, this is out and out brilliant as the clear starting point for the second half of Swans' unique career.

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