Swans have confirmed they'll releasing a new album this year; To Be Kind follows 2012's The Seer and will be released on May 12th via their new label home, Mute.

The record will feature a lot of special guests, including St. Vincent, Cold Specks, Little Annie and Bill Rieflin.

Produced by Michael Gira and recorded in El Paso, Texas, To Be Kind was "developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13," says Gira.

The album will be released on vinyl, CD, and digital, and USB: "I am thinking of releasing it as a USB 'stick" / flashdrive (with special packaging), so that this ultimate, high quality version can be listened to from beginning to end, without interruption (the album is a little over 2 hours long)."

Michael Gira has also announced he'll be touring Europe in March. Check out the full dates below.

  • 03-01 Lyon, France - Les Abattoirs
  • 03-04 Porto, Portugal - Passos Manuel
  • 03-06 Madrid, Spain - El Sol
  • 03-07 San Sebastian, Spain - Andia Kuxta
  • 03-08 Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo
  • 03-10 Paris, France - Église Saint-Merri
  • 03-11 Amsterdam, Netherlands - MC Theater
  • 03-12 London, England - Church of St John-at-Hackney
  • 03-14 Copenhagen, Denmark - Hofteatret
  • 03-15 Oslo, Norway - Blå
  • 03-16 Oslo, Norway - Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum Museum
  • 03-18 Warsaw, Poland - Pardon, To Tu
  • 03-19 Warsaw, Poland - Pardon, To Tu
  • 03-21 St. Petersburg, Russia - Dada
  • 03-22 Moscow, Russia - Teatr Club
  • 03-24 Odessa, Ukraine - Bernardazzi Wine Club
  • 03-26 Bucharest, Romania - Control Club
  • 03-27 Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
  • 03-28 Milan, Italy - Bloom
  • 03-29 Berlin, Germany - Kantine @ Berghain

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