Angels of Light | Live | Preview
SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN | HEIDI SMITH
Giraâ€™s new project attracts a broader audienceMichael Gira began Angels of Light in 1998, a year after the death of his legendary dark and disturbing band Swans. While Swans mostly had a cult following, Giraâ€™s new project attracts a broader audience, including die-hard Swans fans. Angels of Lightâ€™s current release, How I Loved You wasnâ€™t originally intended as a romantic work, but the love theme arose as Gira collaborated with friends on the album. Itâ€™s songs viciously tear your heart out, trample on it, and then gently place it back inside your body, as if it were all just a beautiful nightmare. Giraâ€™s coarse voice â€“ a haunting combination of Johnny Cash and Thurston Moore â€“ soothes you as he croons morbid lyrics about sex and love. He backs up his vocals with sleigh bells, accordion, ukulele, and piano, which add a delicate yet chillingly eerie effect. Angels of Light arouse you to waltz through a cemetery â€“ naked.