Legendary American experimental rock group – SWANS – will be coming to Manchester’s Albert Hall this Summer (12/08/23). Final tickets are on sale now here.

Stopping-off in the city as part of a wider European and North American run, the band will be performing material from their acclaimed sixteenth studio album ‘The Beggar’, which is out now on Mute. Listen Here.

‘The Beggar’ was written and produced by Michael Gira and features contributions from recent and former Swans, members of Angels of Light, as well as Guest Swan Ben Frost. Recorded and mixed at Candy Bomber Studio, Berlin, it was engineered by Ingo Krauss and mastered by Doug Henderson at Micro-Moose, Berlin.

Speaking about the new release, the band’s Michael Gira says:

“After numerous pandemic-induced cancellations of tours for the previous Swans album leaving meaning, and an apparent bottomless pit of waiting, waiting, waiting, and the strange disorientation that came with this sudden but interminable forced isolation I decided it was time to write songs for a new Swans album and forget about everything else. They came relatively easily, always informed by the suspicion that these could be my last. When I finally was able to travel, songs in hand, to Berlin to work with my friends recording this record, the feeling was akin to the moment in The Wizard of Oz when the film changes from Black and White to Color. Now I’m feeling quite optimistic. My favourite colour is pink. I hope you enjoy the album.” – Michael Gira

‘The Beggar’ is available now on double vinyl in a brown chipboard sleeve with a download card for accessing an additional 44 minutes of music (a 44 minute piece of music called The Beggar Lover (Three) that is included on the CD), and as a double CD in a brown chipboard digi-pack.

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