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#4 Swans Founder Michael Gira Bjørn Giesenbauer
Jens Wassmuth
SWANS SONGS: Swans perform music from their latest album, “The Beggar,” at Variety Playhouse Apr. 18.
Thursday April 18, 2024 08:00 PM EDT
Cost: $30+
CRITIC’S PICK: One of the most intensely immersive, transcendentally mesmerizing, and comprehensively loud concerts I have ever witnessed was Swans’ performance at Terminal West in the summer of 2016, which featured a special appearance by former Swans collaborator and longtime Atlanta resident Jarboe. This time around, Swans is promoting The Beggar, the band’s sixteenth studio album. Written and produced by founder Michael Gira, The Beggar features contributions from recent and former Swans, members of Angels of Light, and guest Swan Ben Frost. It’s unknown whether Jarboe will make an appearance at the Variety show. — Doug DeLoach

From the venue:

New Swans album The Beggar now available. Here’s what Michael Gira has to say about it:

“After numerous pandemic-induced cancellations of tours for the previous Swans album leaving meaning, and an apparent bottomless pit of waiting, waiting, waiting, and the strange disorientation that came with this sudden but interminable forced isolation I decided it was time to write songs for a new Swans album and forget about everything else. They came relatively easily, always informed by the suspicion that these could be my last. When I finally was able to travel, songs in hand, to Berlin to work with my friends recording this record, the feeling was akin to the moment in The Wizard of Oz when the film changes from black and white to color. Now I’m feeling quite optimistic. My favourite color is pink. I hope you enjoy the album!” – Michael Gira

SWANS have announced details of their sixteenth studio album, The Beggar, due for release on Mute/Young God Records (N America) on 23 June 2023. In addition, Swans have announced further dates for a tour across the UK, Europe, and North America. The Beggar will be released on double vinyl in a brown chipboard sleeve with a download card for accessing an additional 44 minutes of music (also included on the album’s CD version), as a double CD in a brown chipboard digi-pack, as well as digitally.

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