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The Angels of Light Sing Other People | Review

dosomethingpretty.com | Jonathan Falcone

This release takes folk music and country in a new, more hardened, direction

5/5 Michael Gira used to be in Swans, they were one of the most devastatingly powerful bands ever. They played music so loud it was barely listen able and so slow its changes were like ice caps shunting, hardly noticeable, but backed with unrivalled force. He now has his own Young God label, and its output is somewhat different to those accustomed to Swans. Yet it is no less glorious, for ŒOther People¹ is the slow dirge regrets of Johnny Cash backed by chiming clocks and welling country choirs. ³I know somewhere there¹s a God¹ Giras croons deeply in ŒDestroyer¹, and it strikes like thunder in the soul: a preacher venting his frustration on the lord, tired of his work receiving no tangible rewards. ŒOther People¹ masterfully contrasts the lulling nature of folk music and its soft contemplations with a voice of grit and orchestral arrangements that out-speed GSYBE at their most frantic and infected. This release takes folk music and country in a new, more hardened, direction. The Soul of Swans in a sea of fiddles and banjos, can it get more blissful?
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