Swans, Soundtracks for the Blind

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Soundtracks For The Blind

Michael Gira and co.’s studio swan song.

Swans 'studio swan song is overwhelming in a very different way from their earliest records, slow and richly majestic, sometimes even beautiful, assembled and paced to sweep the listener along for well over two hours. As usual, the lyrics are focused on blood and bodies, halos and helpless children and screaming slaves, but half the songs are instrumentals or sound collages — it's a painstakingly detailed map of an ash-blanketed psychological landscape.