Thursday, February 3, 2011

Swans - Swans (V2)

Swans first release was markedly different from later works, especially in its applications of the no-wave mentality that would continue to influence them later on. Rather than generating sheets of noise, or pulsating mechanical thumps, M. Gira uses many of the same techniques popularized by Joy Division: short, punchy guitars backed by blastbeat drums and vaguely psychedelic chord progressions. Although much more experimental and tonally dissimilar to Joy Division and other landmark post-punk acts, Swans' self-titled EP seems more like an elaboration on Unknown Pleasures than Confusion Is Sex.


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