To Be Kind is the thirteenth studio album by American experimental rock band Swans, released on May 12, 2014. Critical reception of the album was very positive, continuing a string of well-received albums from the band
We (Swans) have recently completed our new album. It is called To Be Kind. The release date is set for May 13, 2014. The album was produced by me, and it was recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, and further recordings and mixing were accomplished at John’s studio in Dallas, Texas. A good portion of the material for this album was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13. Much of the music was otherwise conjured in the studio environment. The recordings and entire process of this album were generously and perhaps vaingloriously funded by Swans supporters through our auspices at younggodrecords. com via the release of a special, handmade 2xCD live album entitled Not Here, Not Now.
And yet among To Be Kind’s greatest assets are the points where it differs most from The Seer. The album kicks off with ‘Screen Shot’, an eight-minute introductory track featuring a simple, repeated acoustic riff upon which layers of guitar, vocals and percussion are gradually built until ending in a swirling crescendo of noise-rock. Though similar in structure, the almost ‘funky’ tonal shifts of the guitar and vocals make the track a far cry from the beautifully monotonous cultish chanting of ‘Lunacy’, The Seer’s opener.
Album · 2014 · 10 Songs. 10 Songs, 2 Hours 1 Minute. Released: 12 May 2014. 2014 Young God Records under exclusive licence to Mute Artists Limited.
TO BE KIND is more consistent throughout. Swans, the band, is by now forged into a powerful unit. I am quite sorry that I missed their recent Atlanta performance, which came during the madness of the end of the spring semester. Fortunately they will be recording another album before long, and hopefully they'll come back through. 2 people found this helpful. Swan's 2014 album "To Be Kind" is a rock masterpiece, creating amazing soundscapes and pulling you into its insanity. Pretty good album, I recommend listening to it. 10/10.
For instance: ‘To Be Kind’, the album from which Swans mostly played while touring ‘The Seer’, is ten tracks and 121 minutes long.