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Swans Live Album Now Available
John Doran , February 2nd, 2012 15:02

Sound the trumpets! Songs from some of the best live concerts the Quietus have ever seen have been recorded and compiled into a live album.

Swans leader Michael Gira announced today that tracks culled from recordings made during 2010 and 2011 had been compiled to make the album We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head.

The album - which comes in numerous different collector formats - is available right now from Young God recordings.

Each version of the album is adorned with a Gira carved wood print which has then been hand painted, signed and numbered by the singer.

As has become customary, each new limited edition Young God release is used to finance each new musical project they undertake and money raised by the live album will go into the production of the next Swans studio album The Seer which will be available later in the year.

In a message to fans Gira stated: "Thanks to all of you who attended the Swans shows during our recent tours. The experience, for us, was life-giving and nourishing. The audiences were not only the largest with which we’ve ever been blessed, but the most genuinely connected and in tune with the sonic/psychic experience in which we all participate. Thank you!

"Represented in these discs are the best recordings we could provide of the (ever-evolving) shows. Those of you who attended the early shows realize that the first iterations of the music morphed and grew (seemingly with a will more expansive than our own) into something quite different by the end. This, in itself, was immensely gratifying. We also developed many new songs – or sonic events is perhaps a better way to describe some of them - along the way. In compiling these recordings and mixing them with my trusted friend and engineer Kevin McMahon (at Marcata Studio, Gardiner NY), we did our best to represent that transition."

Speaking about the album Gira urged fans to listen to it at a loud volume but claimed it wasn't for aggressive reasons: "As with the live experience, it’s all about immersion. We – Swans - experience that sense of being subsumed in something greater than ourselves when we perform, too. Maybe that’s even our selfish reason for making the music in the first place. At the best of moments, it doesn’t even feel as if we are playing the music ourselves. More that we’re animated – vivified – by the ongoing sonic wave. I can’t speak for my friends and cohorts, but it’s what I live for. In any event, it’s my hope these discs provide you with a positive experience of some sort."

Some of the deluxe packages contain demo versions of songs from The Seer. For more details, visit Young God records.