The first track we heard from Swans’ 15th studio full-length was “It’s Coming It’s Real”, a slow number flecked with whispery vocal harmonies. “The Hanging Man” takes that mood and coats it in anxiety, leaning into the more hypnotic side of Michael Gira’s career by making listeners wait for the song’s biggest moment.
“The Hanging Man” begins with an ominous sense of something hiding around the corner. Gira sings with an exhausted drone, like he’s saving his energy for something bigger. And sure enough, as the track progresses, an explosive burst of experimental rock breaks through. It’s menacing without being overwhelming. Looks like we can expect big things from the project’s follow-up to The Glowing Man.
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In addition, Swans have announced a European tour for 2020. A press release notes a proper North American tour will be announced shortly, so don’t fret about the band skipping the US just yet.
Stream “The Hanging Man” below, followed by Swans’ current itinerary. You can also find tickets here.
Swans 2020 Tour Dates:
04/25 — Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island
04/26 — Krems an der Donau, AT @ Donau Festival at Stadtsaal Krems
04/28 — Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
04/29 — Prague, CZ @ Divaldo ARCHA Theatre
04/30 — Warsaw, PL @ Progresia
05/03 — Stockholm, SE @ Nalen
05/04 — Copenhagen, DK @ Vega Main Hall
05/05 — Hamburg, DE @ Übel & Gefährlich
05/08 — Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
05/09 — Madrid, ES @ KristonFest at Sala la Riviera
05/10 — Porto, PT @ Hard Club
05/13 — Zürich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
05/14 — Milan, IT @ Santeria Social Club
05/15 — Belfort, FR @ La Poudriere
05/18 — Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
05/19 — Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
05/20 — Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Music Hall
05/22 — Brussels, BE @ AB
05/23 — Cologne, DE @ Gebäude 9
05/26 — London, UK @ EartH
05/27 — London, UK @ EartH