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Album Review: Swans - The Glowing Man

14 June 2016 | 4:51 pm | Christopher H James

"...instantly recognisable as a Swans work with its panoramic epics and brutal crescendos."

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In the age of tweets, microwaved food and three-word sloganeering, at least there's one act who isn't afraid to test your patience.

Yet another two-hour, two-disc release with three tracks longer than 20 minutes, The Glowing Man is instantly recognisable as a Swans work with its panoramic epics and brutal crescendos. What's new is a certain dreamlike quality on the likes of the hypnotic Frankie M., whose spiritual, trance-inducing passages could be used to soundtrack an outer-body experience over the Mojave Desert. The adventure continues.