Mi and L'au are a reclusive Finnish couple, their music written and recorded in the blanketed white of the wilderness where no one need ever raise their voice. There is a preciousness to the couple's self-titled debut that is profoundly geographical and isolated (but not lonely, it must be said); the intimacy between Mi, a former model, and L'au, French by birth, is tactile on songs like "Bums," the cascading acoustic guitar ticklish and playful, their harmonies soft and tentative like a familiar kiss. It is profoundly sexy music in a very adult way — a certainness of self that deflects life's trials and travails into glancing blows easily assuaged with a light touch. Though the beauty can get a bit monotonous, it's a lovely record.
By Grayson Haver Currin on 05.13.14 in Reviews
For nearly two hours, To Be Kind — the third album since 2010 from the reconstituted epic aggression syndicate, Swans — tests its audience's limits by pressing its own boundaries. There is the Pentecostal burn of opener...
By Louis Pattison on 05.07.14 in Features
"I think one of the reasons I use love as a signifier on this record — it's giving up, isn't it? Love is giving up."
By Andrew Parks on 08.28.12 in Reviews
Whether he's conjuring up a quiet storm with an acoustic guitar or sharing the asphyxiated psalms of "Sex, God, Sex," Michael Gira has never been the subtle type. That's especially the case with the second coming of Gira...
By Philip Sherburne on 11.27.11 in Reviews
If it's an audience with Michael Gira himself you seek, this is the record. Taken from limited-edition CDs sold to the band's super-fans, the proceeds of which helped fund the recording of studio albums by Swans and Ange...