Lots of good news on the Swans front today. First off: the band’s now in the early stages of their next album, with Michael Gira producing and John Congleton engineering their initial endurance test session at the Sonic Ranch studio complex in Tornillo, Texas. According to a press release, “Numerous special guests are in the works, but at the time of this writing, further information is not available. The schedule is open-ended, but completion is expected in January of 2014, with a release of late spring 2014. Extensive Swans touring will ensue shortly thereafter.”
Gira’s Young God label is funding the work/live situation the same way they did last year’s fantastic double album, The Seer: by selling a handmade live CD (Not Here/Not Now) alongside several tiers of incentives, including executive producer credits, personalized videos/songs, screen-printed posters, and VIP access to an upcoming show. Check out the full rundown here, and read Gira’s full statement below…
Swans, Not Here/Not Now (Young God):
1. To Be Kind
2. Just a Little Boy
4. She Loves Us!
1. The Seer / Bring the Sun / Toussaint L’ouverture
2. Nathalie Neal
3. Kirstin Supine (demo)
4. Screen Shot (demo)
At this stage of the game, it has been touching, stirring, inspirational, even soul-lifting to see our audiences increasing to such an extent, and to witness people finally, finally, seeming to just open up and share the experience of making these sounds with us. It really is a shared experience, and it feels like you-all are participating with us – though we still “call the shots,” – as it should be! This last bit of touring has been the most gratifying, musically and spiritually, of my life, and I thank you here for making it possible.
Not Here / Not Now is what has now become known as a ‘fundraiser’ or ‘crowd-sourcing’ CD. I’ve been doing this sort of hand-made release since 2000 (then, with Angels of Light), and with the support of people such as yourself, have been able to record and work at a standard that would have otherwise been utterly impossible. THANK YOU, endlessly! …I also remain grateful that you – our live audience – have felt it worth your while to attend our concerts, and my hope is that you’ve experienced some of the joy we experience while playing this music. THANK YOU, again, endlessly!” – Michael Gira / Swans / Young God Records