Swans drop new song “The Hanging Man”: Stream

The latest off their upcoming full-length, Leaving Meaning

The Hanging Man 2020 European Tour Dates Swans' Michael Gira, photo by Jennifer Gira
Swans’ Michael Gira, photo by Jennifer Gira

    Swans have shared a new song called “The Hanging Man”. The eerie, 10-minute-plus track comes from their forthcoming record, Leaving Meaning, out October 25th via Young God Records/Mute.

    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


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