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“我活在这黑暗的世界上已有数万年,然而从来没有人知道我在这。”   “唤来永恒黑暗的天籁正是我”──盖诺斯提教 (Gnostic) 颂诗。
  就像是一个谜,引诱纯真善良的听者推落坠入人性罪孽的深渊,面对皮肉面相之后的残肉骨血而惊骇。美丽的天鹅一生悠游于静湖上,传说无法发声的它却会在临终之际唱出自己的挽歌。反讽的是,这只黑天鹅唱出的却是宛若古代异端组织—盖诺斯提教的幽冥思想.古盖诺斯提哲学视人生与地球的生命为注定失败的作品, 唯有经”折磨”使自己解脱于现实的陷阱与幻象时, 才能寻回因逃离这个世界诅咒而失落的本源,重新发现存在遥远的星辰,原子核甚至是细胞中的原初统一.这便是天鹅在其悖德音乐背后的源动力.

  天鹅是在纽约绝对是拥有煽动听众成狂热信徒本领的顶尖地下乐团(cult Band) ,音乐界形容其为八十年间最恶贯满盈的家伙。曾经有人形容过“用慢一半的速度来播 Velvet Underground 的 ’ Sister Ray ’ 再从得到的古怪结果中拿掉幽默感,之后剩下的就是天鹅”。天鹅的音乐一向阴森冷硬,以极沉重的高度精神压力施予听众骨胳嘎扎碎裂和剧烈的头痛。所有的节拍拖拉式地以让人坐立难安的 2/2 拍进行 ,低音频率加强到像半失速飞行的失重无力程度。听每一张天鹅的专辑都会像是梦靥时心悸的感受──再溺水的池中,以超慢速之姿被主唱 Gira 的僵尸般哀嚎强迫以头撞墙。就是这种违反人类生理听觉的催眠式咒语,天鹅让人纷纷于无意识的状态上染上了抑郁孤僻的气息,走入地狱炼火。

  自八十年代的某一个黎明,纽约市的丑陋子宫精一番痛苦惊峦生出浴血的天鹅开始,天鹅在地下乐界叱咤将近十五年之久,但却在 96 年宣告解散。如今再记述天鹅的点点滴滴, 无非是为其恶迹留下见证吧。一付人格乖张无神论调的 Michael Gira 原先在洛杉矶自主发行地下刊物「No Mag」,后移至纽约组织了一个短命的虚无后叛客( post-punk) 乐团,“Circus Mort”。1982 年天鹅出了首张同名 E.P 专辑,Gira 担任贝斯手,其余团员一直不固定,迄今至少有 30 人受不了 Gira 而离开,唯有吉他手 Norman Westberg,女键盘主唱 Jarboe 二人维持了长期的合作关系。早期的天鹅作品好比有着幽闭症患者的恐惧妄想,歌词耸动人心, 像是:“他们正谈论着如何利用你的弱点设计你….” 等o 第一张正式专辑 (Filth) 描述人类基于满足欲望而违悖道德。混乱,无调的声响加上 Gira 如野兽般的呻吟唱腔为往后的风格奠下基础。「Cop」(1984)中 Gira 开始发展出散文叙事般的风格,像歌曲“Raping the Slave”即着重于生理与心理遭受折磨的快感描写。「Greed」(1985)与「Holy Money」(1986)两张专辑风格大致相同,前者故意以钢琴伴奏,加上首次使用“唱歌”的方式,乍听之下的都会休闲小品乐曲其实文字是在噎愚讽刺中产阶级的拜金教条。

  「Children of God」(86/87)是天鹅的经典之作,充满原始赤裸的情感。Gira 的声音试图控制着听者的心灵,另一方面 Jarboe 则唱出属于女声美感的叙事歌曲 (ballads) 。以探讨宗教的盲点为主,充满摇滚乐独特的离经叛道魅力与震撼力。

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  • SomeStranger

    @TehSamurai http://www.setlist.fm/search?query=swans

    昨天 21:21 回复
  • TehSamurai

    Does anybody know what the setlist is for this tour?

    昨天 16:09 回复
  • yuggoth_spider

    I think it's interesting that some people seem to assume there's some kind of intrinsic nobility in perpetual, unrelenting angst. To me it seems like Gira dove headlong into the void and came out the other side of the black hole. The place where he emerged still has plenty of darkness, and such light as it has is of a peculiar sort that could only emerge after he spent years laying waste to the hollow bullshit most people mistake for a life of substance.

    3月 31日 18:23 回复
  • shithuh

    http://i.imgur.com/ia2jXES.jpg sick.

    3月 31日 7:29 回复
  • itconsumesme

    agreed with the big fundament. Gira isn't the man he was in the 80s and 90s. Since the advent of sharing music over the Internet, Swans is no longer an unknown quantity, nor do commercial failure and the attendant disenfranchisement (ironically) help to fuel the content of their music. Sonically, Swans remains on the margin of popular music as rock continues to lose relevance, but that marginality is now commercial apostasy, reason to celebrate against all odds (even if most would say it still sounds angry). To Be Kind, by Swans' standards, is pretty upbeat, promoting spiritual resistance (love), but I doubt that Pharrell will be making any appearances in the future.

    3月 29日 18:43 回复
  • Kaksoisvinokas

    Loud? No.

    3月 28日 13:47 回复
  • Tuberkulloosi

    "I'm going to see the them live next weekend, I can't wait!" Enjoy! And get yourself a pair of ear plugs.

    3月 28日 13:27 回复
  • towlesda

    I'm going to see the them live next weekend, I can't wait!

    3月 27日 19:37 回复
  • SubUmbra

    Literally broke the venue last night with sheer volume.

    3月 27日 6:01 回复
  • Massive_Anus

    you are right, but if Gira has evolved as a human, which is more than likely, and now looks at the world through different eyes, especially being older and closer to death, then making similar music, thematically, to their output in the 80s, would not be artistically genuine. I doubt the slight shift in perspective was preconceived in order to appeal to any modern consumer, I think it was a perfectly natural artistic evolution.

    3月 26日 23:25 回复
  • Horse_Deceased

    I plainly meant to say "flesh", so thank you for drawing my attention to the mistake.

    3月 24日 20:14 回复
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    Fresh and money. Your post is one of the most highbrow bumbles I've ever read. And Swans are overestimated.

    3月 24日 18:37 回复
  • Horse_Deceased

    musically the post-reunion Swans are very good, they have all the density and intensity you could ask for, especially live, but it does feel like Gira abandoned his idiosyncratic vision for something fairly suiting the everyday consumer in search for "transcendence" and spirituality in a form of commodity (no wonder they're so hyped by p4k). The early Swans were about a tortured individual captivated by the brutality of the society and its hubris, by hatred and sex, fresh and money, labour and desire. An individual living with his perverted sense of macho aesthetics. Consumerism was pushed to its most radical reducing the individual to his bare minimum: basic drives, which are not natural, but always-already determined and part of the system of reproduction of desire. Where the abuser wants to be abused, where the innocent observer is part of the whole game. Instead now we get a joyous and theatrical celebration of transcendence with the imperative to embrace both dark and light etc.

    3月 24日 12:07 回复
  • Wunster

    oh god not a new album

    3月 24日 0:26 回复
  • tor-por

    new album iausdhiuashdijandfkjasdfhasuidiasu

    3月 23日 23:37 回复
  • Tuberkulloosi

    Superb news.

    3月 23日 21:31 回复
  • Massive_Anus

    apparently they are about to start recording a new album, according to village voice

    3月 23日 16:56 回复
  • Zachary1211

    somewhat legit https://i.imgur.com/qKSM3bI.jpg

    3月 12日 22:52 回复
  • EmptyWords7

    Michael Gira is our GOD.

    3月 12日 18:24 回复
  • rorberyllium

    nvm they fixed it

    3月 12日 17:27 回复
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