Tuesday, January 28, 2014
St. Vincent guest stars on new album from post-punks Swans
To Be Kind is expected to drop May 13.
Former North Texan St. Vincent is dipping into the waters with yet another group of musicians whose original road to stardom was paved several decades ago. According to Pitchfork, Annie Clark teamed up with post-punks Swans on the band's latest effort, To Be Kind, which is due out May 13. Clark sang on several tracks, Pitchfork reports.
The album was produced by front man and Swans founder Michael Gira, and recorded at South Ranch near El Paso, Texas with John Congleton, whose resume includes work with The Black Angels, The Polyphonic Spree, and David Byrne and St. Vincent, to name a few.
"Recording with Michael Gira and Swans was a dream come true. Proud to have been a part of an epicly great record," Clark wrote on Twitter Monday.
The pairing is not arbitrary, when considering the musicians' approach to composition. Said Gira in a 1997 interview with The Denver Post, "I never had an aim except to make music, not to convince people of anything. I just had certain sounds I wanted to hear. I made them. Certain sounds, certain ways of performing them that would cause a certain experience to occur, in myself and/or the listener. And I made those things happen."
Talking Heads' Byrne said almost as much of Clark when she garnered Smithsonian's American Ingenuity Award last November: "… she tempers that with fierce guitar playing and often dark and perverse lyrics delivered in an affectless tone. It’s really quite disturbing, but in a good way. I could sense that beyond the above Annie was pushing at her limitations and trying new things — adding new textures, instruments and ideas to her writing.”
Swans boasts close to two dozen releases, from studio work to live recordings. To Be Kind is the band's third album since a hiatus near the turn of the century, when Gira worked primarily on his project the Angels of Light. Swans is notorious for its rotating roster of performers, and Pitchfork reports the lineup on this album includes Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris and Christopher Pravdica.