REC'D: Swans - "Oxygen"

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Swans To Be Kind

We already heard Swans' lead To Be Kind single "A Little God in My Hands;" now sample the eight minute "Oxygen," their second offering. The instrumentals remind us of Tweez-era Slint on crack, with an insistent drumbeat backing up a hypnotic, mesmerizing guitar and bass interplay, but Michael Gira's demon-summoning, ritualistic yowls are pure Swans. As for that sliding, unzipping guitar riff that kicks in around 2:15... you'll just have to see. Press play immediately and get evil - remember, you can pick up To Be Kind in a record store starting May 13th.