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Angels Of Light Sing Other People

Tandem Newspaper, Toronto | Chris Twomey

Gira searches for the redemption of America with these fascinating songs

Former Swans vocalist Michael Gira and his bands have given some of the most extraordinary performances I¹ve seen. His latest compositions are for Angels Of Light, who will be performing at the Music Gallery at St. George the Martyr Church this Thursday, April 14th, along with a new acoustic-based band he¹s just produced, Akron/Family. Gira was influenced by his experience with them to record without drums or the monumental dynamics that distinguished his music. This new back-to-basics, almost folksy Gira is initially very different and disturbing because his usual intensity has been replaced by a relaxed and happy tone!? But his muse doesn¹t fail him, as an inspired lament about the Iraq invasion ("Destroyer") proves that the real power is the conviction in the man¹s voice and not the volume of any instruments he uses. Sounding like a post-modern Johnny Cash, Gira searches for the redemption of America with these fascinating songs about real people and their media-fed illusions.
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