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Die Tür Ist Zu by Swans

Die Tür Ist Zu by Swans

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Published by Pieter Uys
Album review by Pieter Uys
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Published by: Pieter Uys on Nov 22, 2012
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Inbrünstige Manifest der Melancholie und der Verzweiflung
Released in 1996, Die Tür Ist Zu includes alternate or live versions of songs from previous and subsequent albums. The majestic openingtrack 
Ligeti's Breath/Hilflos Kind 
is an extended version of 
Helpless Child 
After a 9-minute orchestral intro, Gira's German vocal enters with ameandering narrative of mother's milk and breasts and stuff after whicha section of guitar bursts intensify the mood. This in turn gives way to asymphonic melody of austere beauty which intensifies to an almost Wagnerian level. Throughout, there are drones... that add ever so muchgravitas and gothique to the heavily laden voice. I guess György SándorLigeti's Atmosphères inspired this tour de force but it could have been
Lux Aeterna
too.German is of course the ideal language for Swans and the next track does not disappoint.
Ich Sehe Die Alle In Einer Reihe
, a more robustlyoppressive version of 
I See Them All Lined Up
from Drainland,has it all: menacing mood, metallic clangs, monologue vocal with sing-songsections, bursts of orchestral noise and grim imagery.
Thus, the steadily churning
Surrogate Drones
with its inaudiblewhispers and muffled distanced voices comes as a relief.
wasrecorded live in London. From the early album Cop,the original is called
Your Property 
. This spacious, melodic interpretation with bursts of bellowing by Jarboe leaves much more of a lasting impression.

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