Swans announce ‘final’ album ‘The Glowing Man’ and share title track

The follow-up to 2014’s ‘To Be Kind’ arrives this June

Swans have announced their new album ‘The Glowing Man’ and shared its title track.

The American group have previously said that the album, which is due for release on June 17, will be the last of “Swans’ current incarnation”.

‘The Glowing Man’ is the band’s first studio album since 2014’s ‘To Be Kind’ and sees them working once more with the producer of that album, John Congleton.


One of the album’s tracks, ‘The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black’ features lyrics that were written by Swans frontman Michael Gira in 1982 and used by Thurston Moore on Sonic Youth’s ‘The World Looks Red’.

In a press release, Gira explains: “While working up material for this new album, I had a basic acoustic guitar version of the song and was stumped for words. For reasons unknown to me, the lyric I’d so long ago left in my typewriter in plain view at my living and rehearsal space (the latter of which Sonic Youth shared at the time) and which Thurston plucked for use with my happy permission, popped into my head and I thought ‘Why not?’”

Gira also described two of the album’s songs, ‘People Like Us’ and ‘Finally, Peace’, as “farewell songs”.

In October, Swans released a limited edition live album, ‘The Gate’, which also featured a number of demos from their forthcoming album.

Earlier this year, Swans frontman Michael Gira was accused of sexually assaulting singer-songwriter and former Young God signee Larkin Grimm in 2008. Gira denies the allegations.