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Swans — To Be Kind (2014)

Swans — To Be Kind (May 12th, 2014)

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♦♦♦♦♦  8th Tais Awards 2015 nominée album. The album was produced by Michael Gira and recorded by John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, the world's largest residential recording studio complex, in Tornillo, Texas, 30 miles from El Paso and at Congleton's studio in Dallas.
Location: New York City
Album release: May 12, 2014
Record Label: Young God/Mute
Duration:     57:02 + 54:08 => 111:10
Tracks:
All music composed by Swans.
Disc one: 
01. "Screen Shot"     8:05
02. "Just a Little Boy (for Chester Burnett)"     12:40
03. "A Little God in My Hands"     7:08
04. "Bring the Sun" / "Toussaint L' Ouverture"     34:05
05. "Some Things We Do"      5:09
Disc two: 
06. "She Loves Us!"     17:01
07. "Kirsten Supine"      10:33
08. "Oxygen"     7:59
09. "Nathalie Neal"     10:15
10. "To Be Kind"     8:22
Personnel:
Swans:
♦♦♦   Michael Gira — vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, production
♦♦♦   Christoph Hahn — lap steel guitars, electric guitar, vocals
♦♦♦   Thor Harrisdrums, percussion, vibes and bells, wind instruments, handmade viola, vocals
♦♦♦   Christopher Pravdica — bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
♦♦♦   Phil Puleo — drums, percussion, dulcimer, piano, keys, vocals
♦♦♦   Norman Westberg — electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
Additional musicians:
♦♦♦   Bill Rieflinadditional drums and percussion, synthesizer, piano, electric guitar, bass, keyboards
♦♦♦   Al Spx — background vocals on "Bring the Sun"
♦♦♦   Little Annie — vocals on "Some Things We Do"
♦♦♦   Julia Kent — strings and string arrangement on "Some Things We Do"
♦♦♦   St. Vincent — background vocals on "Nathalie Neal", "Bring the Sun", "Screen Shot", "Kirsten Supine"
♦♦♦   Jennifer Church — background vocals on "She Loves Us", "A Little God in My Hands"
♦♦♦   Daniel Hart — violin
♦♦♦   Rex Emerson — mandolin
♦♦♦   David Pierce — trombone
♦♦♦   Evan Weiss — trumpet
♦♦♦   Sean Kirkpatrick — piano, harpsichord, synth
♦♦♦   John Congleton — piano
Technical:
♦♦♦   John Congleton — recording, mixing
Background:
♦♦♦   The album was produced by Michael Gira and recorded by John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, the world's largest residential recording studio complex, in Tornillo, Texas, 30 miles from El Paso and at Congleton's studio in Dallas. Swans began rehearsing at Sonic Ranch in October 2013 and began recording soon after, they finished mixing with Congleton in December in Dallas. Most of the music was developed while touring in 2012 and 2013. The album features special guests St. Vincent, Cold Specks, Little Annie and Bill Rieflin. On March 21, the song "A Little God in My Hands" and the album artwork were revealed. There are six versions of the album artwork and all of them are paintings of baby's heads done by Bob Biggs.
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Swans — To Be Kind (2014)

 

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