Swans have announced details of a new album, The Glowing Man, out on Mute/Young God (N America) on June 17. The album, said to be the final project from "this version of the b and,"will be available on double CD and deluxe triple gatefold vinyl, with a poster and digital download. In addition, there will be a double CD/DVD format, which features a Swans live performance from 2015. Find a major list of tour dates, hear an excerpt from the project and find the full tracklist below.

Michael Gira made a statement: "In 2009 when I made the decision to restart my musical group, Swans, I had no idea where it would lead. I knew that if I took the road of mining the past or revisiting the catalog, that it would be fruitless and stultifying. After much thought about how to make this an adventure that would instead lead the music forward into unexpected terrain, I chose the five people with whom to work that I believed would most ably provide a sense of surprise, and even uncertainty, while simultaneously embodying the strength and confidence to ride the river of intention that flows from the heart of the sound wherever it would lead us - and what’s the intention? LOVE!

And so finally this LOVE has now led us, with the release of the new and final recording from this configuration of Swans, The Glowing Man, through four albums (three of which contain more complexity, nuance and scope than I would have ever dreamed possible), several live releases, various fundraiser projects, countless and seemingly endless tours and rehearsals, and a generally exhausting regimen that has left us stunned but still invigorated and thrilled to see this thing through to its conclusion. I hereby thank my brothers and collaborators for their commitment to whatever truth lies at the center of the sound. I’m decidedly not a Deist, but on a few occasions – particularly in live performance – it’s been my privilege, through our collective efforts, to just barely grasp something of the infinite in the sound and experience generated by a force that is definitely greater than all of us combined. When talking with audience members after the shows or through later correspondence, it’s also been a true privilege to discover they’ve experienced something like this too. Whatever the force is that has led us through this extended excursion, it’s been worthwhile for many of us, and I’m grateful for what has been the most consistently challenging and fulfilling period of my musical life.

Going forward, post the touring associated with The Glowing Man, I’ll continue to make music under the name Swans, with a revolving cast of collaborators. I have little idea what shape the sound will take, which is a good thing. Touring will definitely be less extensive, I’m certain of that! Whatever the future holds, I’ll miss this particular locus of human and musical potential immensely: Norman Westberg, Kristof Hahn, Phil Puleo, Christopher Pravdica, Thor Harris, and myself mixed in there somewhere, too."

  • THE GLOWING MAN TRACKLISTING
  • 1. Cloud of Forgetting
  • 2. Cloud of Unknowing
  • 3. The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black
  • 4. People Like Us
  • 5. Frankie M.
  • 6. When Will I Return?
  • 7. The Glowing Man
  • 8. Finally, Peace.
  • SWANS TOUR 2016
  • North America
  • 6 July – Philadelphia PA, Union Transfer
  • 7 July – Boston MA, Royale Nightclub
  • 8 July – Providence RI, Fete
  • 9 July – Quebec QC, Le Cercle
  • 10 July – Toronto ON, Danforth Music Hall
  • 12 July – Detroit MI, St Andrews Hall
  • 13 July – Milwaukee WI, Shank Hall
  • 14 July – Minneapolis MN, Fine Line Music Cafe
  • 15 July – Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall
  • 16 July – Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall
  • 18 July – Cleveland OH, Beachland Ballroom
  • 19 July – Cincinnati OH, Woodward Theater
  • 21 July – Louisville KY, Headliner’s Music Hall
  • 22 July – Atlanta GA, Terminal West
  • 23 July – Asheville NC, Orange Peel
  • 24 July – Nashville TN, Exit / In
  • 26 July – Carrboro NC, Cats Cradle
  • 27 July – Richmond VA The Broadberry
  • 28 July – Washington DC, 9:30 CLUB
  • 29 July – New York NY, Bowery Ballroom
  • 30 July – Brooklyn NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • *with support from Okkyung Lee
  • 1 Sept – Tucson AZ, Rialto Theater
  • 2 Sept – Los Angeles CA, Fonda Theater
  • 3 Sept – San Francisco CA, The Regency Grand Ballroom
  • 4 Sept – Portland OR, Wonder Ballroom
  • 6 Sept – Vancouver BC, Venue
  • 7 Sept – Seattle WA, The Showbox
  • 9 Sept – Salt Lake City UT, Urban Lounge
  • 10 Sept – Denver CO, Gothic Theater
  • 12 Sept – Dallas TX, Trees
  • 13 Sept – Austin TX, Mohawk Austin
  • 14 Sept – San Antonio TX, Paper Tiger
  • 15 Sept – Albuquerque NM, Sunshine Theater
  • 16 Sept – Phoenix AZ, Crescent Ballroom
  • *with support from Baby Dee
  • Europe
  • 6 Oct – Brussels BE, Oranjerie Botantique
  • 7 Oct – Eindhoven NL, De Effenaar
  • 8 Oct – Brighton UK, Concorde 2
  • 9 Oct – Manchester UK, HMV Ritz
  • 11 Oct – Glasgow UK, Oran Mor
  • 12 Oct – Newcastle Upon Tyne UK, Northumbria University
  • 13 Oct – London UK, Islington Assembly Hall
  • 14 Oct – London UK, Islington Assembly Hall
  • 15 Oct – Reims FR, La Cartonnerie
  • 17 Oct – Hamburg DE, Kampnagel
  • 18 Oct – Berlin DE, Huxleys Neue Welt
  • 19 Oct – Prague CZ, Divaldo ARCHA Theatre
  • 21 Oct – Budapest HU, A38 Ship
  • 22 Oct – Vienna AT, Arena Big Hall
  • 23 Oct – Graz AT, Orpheum Extra
  • 25 Oct – Ljubljana SL, Kino Kiska Centre for Urban Culture
  • 26 Oct – Zagreb HR, Lauba
  • 28 Oct – Basel CH, Kaserne
  • 29 Oct – Vevey CH, Rocking Chair
  • 30 Oct – Bern CH, Reitschule Dachstock
  • 1 Nov – Tourcoin FR, Le Grand Mix
  • 2 Nov – Nimes FR, La Paloma
  • 5 Nov – Bologna IT, Teatro Auditorium Manzoni
  • 6 Nov – Rome IT, Orion Live Club
  • 8 Nov – Nantes FR, Stereolux
  • 9 Nov – Paris FR, Le Trabendo
  • 10 Nov – Cologne DE, Gebäude 9
  • 11 Nov – Munich DE, Feierwerk
  • 12 Nov – Wiesbaden DE, Kulturezentrum Schlachthof