Sep 2011 26

Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the SkySwans
Category: Gothic
Album: My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: A short appetizer of what’s to come in this four track debut EP.


Though the seminal post-punk act Swans disbanded in 1997, mastermind Michael Gira has reformed the act and released its first new album since the live retrospective Swans are Dead. Proving to be very much alive, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky quickly proves not much has changed in the time off as the album carries all the eclectic, artsy, avant-garde feel of many previous albums, but there are still some interesting new tricks to be found.

“No Words/No Thoughts” greets the listener with heavy, dense, and atmospheric work that slowly transitions into a driving, powerful gothic rock track. “Reeling the Liars In” and “Jim” show a bit of a western flair, channeling a bit of spaghetti western vibe mixed with the usual grand sweeping gothic sound Swans is known for. Then there is “My Birth,” which takes on a bit of a psychedelic rock tinge while being a bit more accessible than the more atmospheric work of the album. Longtime fans will find much of the rest of the album to be both familiar and pleasing as elements from all their old works seem to be subtly intertwined with these new tracks.

The Swans resurrection definitely shows the time off has not affected them; however, there also hasn’t been much growth in that time either. Those hoping for a giant leap forward or continuation of the direction shown in Soundtracks for the Blind might be somewhat disappointed with an album sounding more like The Great Annihilator, which could be considered a step backwards. The being said, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky is still a wonderfully put together and welcome return to form for this legendary act.

Track list:

  1. No Words/No Thoughts
  2. Reeling the Liars In
  3. Jim
  4. My Birth
  5. You Fucking People Make Me Sick
  6. Inside Madeleine
  7. Eden Prison
  8. Little Mouth

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Trubie Turner (Flexei)

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