Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (3 stars)

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Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky

(Young Gods)

‘Uncompromising’ would be the best way to sum up legendary post-punk experimentalists Swans, a band who once had the reputation for being the loudest in the history of music. Michael Gera is back after a fourteen-year hiatus with a rag-tag bunch of musicians and no lessening of his confrontational stance, switching between ear-shredding guitar walls and slow-burn menace on this dark, brooding record.

It’s relentless stuff and not exactly easy listening, but the occasional moments of glorious chaos – like when ‘You Fucking People Make Me Sick’ collapses into a mess of horns and timpani – make it worth the ride.

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