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Swans have shared an edit of the closing track on their latest album, The Glowing Man – out now on Mute / Young God (N America) – ahead of the start of their European tour in October 2016.

Listen to ‘Finally, Peace’ (edit) here:

 

‘Finally, Peace’, described by Michael Gira as a "farewell", sees Jennifer Gira join him on a double vocal track, an uplifting finale for the last album in Swans’ current incarnation. The song was described by The Arts Desk as "…redemptive and uplifting" and by The Quietus as "…optimistic" while The Line of Best Fit said, "…on closer "Finally, Peace", Swans bow out with a knowing nod to the innate vanity of the physical and fleeting."

Swans embark on the European leg of their mammoth world tour next month and return to the UK for a series of shows including two SOLD OUT performances at the Islington Assembly Hall on October 13 and 14. Anna von Hausswolf is Swans’ very special guest on the European dates, full details below:

SWANS EUROPEAN TOUR

6 Oct – Brussels BE, Orangerie Botanique

7 Oct – Eindhoven NL, De Effenaar

8 Oct – Brighton UK, Concorde 2 – SOLD OUT

9 Oct – Manchester UK, 02 Ritz

11 Oct – Glasgow UK, Oran Mor

12 Oct – Newcastle Upon Tyne UK, Northumbria University

13 Oct – London UK, Islington Assembly Hall – SOLD OUT

14 Oct – London UK, Islington Assembly Hall – SOLD OUT

15 Oct – Reims FR, La Cartonnerie

17 Oct – Hamburg DE, Kampnagel

18 Oct – Berlin DE, Huxleys Neue Welt

19 Oct – Prague CZ, Divaldo ARCHA Theatre

21 Oct – Budapest HU, A38 Ship

22 Oct – Vienna AT, Arena Big Hall

23 Oct – Graz AT, Orpheum Extra

25 Oct – Ljubljana SL, Kino Kiska Centre for Urban Culture

26 Oct – Zagreb HR, Lauba

28 Oct – Basel CH, Kaserne

29 Oct – Vevey CH, Rocking Chair

30 Oct – Bern CH, Reitschule Dachstock

1 Nov – Nantes FR, Stereolux

2 Nov – Nimes FR, La Paloma

5 Nov – Bologna IT, Teatro Auditorium Manzoni

6 Nov – Rome IT, Orion Live Club

8 Nov – Tourcoin FR, Le Grand Mix

9 Nov – Paris FR, Le Trabendo

10 Nov – Cologne DE, Gebäude 9

11 Nov – Munich DE, Feierwerk

12 Nov – Wiesbaden DE, Kulturezentrum Schlachthof

13 Nov – Utrecht, NL, Le Guess Who? festival

* with Anna von Hausswolf

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Swans have shared the first full track from the forthcoming album, The Glowing Man, out on Young God (N America) / Mute on 17th June 2016.

‘When Will I Return?’, described by MOJO as a ;revelation’, was written, explains Michael Gira "specifically for Jennifer Gira to sing. It’s a tribute to her strength, courage, and resilience.’

But enough preamble. Listen to this:

 

As a further taster for the forthcoming album The Glowing Man, with its Ballardian connotations, Swans have offered up an excerpt of ‘When Will I Return’.

‘When Will I Return?’ was written, explains Michael Gira, "… specifically for Jennifer Gira to sing. It’s a tribute to her strength, courage, and resilience."

It sounds like vintage Swans, and calls to mind the sound of  The Great Annihilator, Love of Life and White Light.  Hear it here:

 

 

The Glowing Man is out on 17th June.

On June 17, iconic avant-rock ensemble Swans are releasing The Glowing Man,  the fourth and final studio album from this line-up since their reactivation by band primum mobile Michael Gira in 2010 after a 14 year hiatus. This will be followed by their customary year-long world-wide tour celebrating the release after which Gira says, "I’ll continue to make music under the name Swans, with a revolving cast of collaborators…touring will definitely be less extensive." This is an excerpt of "Cloud of Unknowing" from the live concert DVD that will accompany the deluxe 2-CD release: