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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Swans – Young God EP

Released : 1984
Recorded : 1984
Genre : Noise Rock, Post-Punk, No Wave, Experimental Rock
Length : 24:32
Label : K.422
Producer : Michael Gira

More great early Swans! This EP serves as sort of a transition between the bludgeoning no-wave of Cop and the more experimental gothic sounds of Greed and Holy Money. The mix is psychedelic and overpowering: when you listen to I Crawled it's like Michael Gira's standing right there whispering his twisted lyrics into your ears, and the others are huge and atmospheric thanks to shitloads of reverb.
While Cop was like being tied to a chair and tortured in an abandoned warehouse, Young God is like practicing ritual self-mutilation in your basement while overdosing on LSD and roofies. It's so slow, dark and delirious it sort of makes you feel like you're slowly bleeding to death.
The classic tracks are the title track, featuring some seriously disturbed lyrics about Ed Gein and bizarre, otherworldly percussion noise, and Raping a Slave which takes the crushing doom-industrial approach to its logical conclusion using a brutal, equal parts hypnotic and crushing rhythm (DUH! DUH! DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH!) and pretty much serves as a blueprint for Godflesh's Streetcleaner.
Fittingly, it's included on the Cop CD, and the fantastic Cop/Young God/Greed/Holy Money double CD. You should buy that, preferrably right now.


1. I Crawled
2. Raping A Slave
3. Young God
4. This Is Mine


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