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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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  • foreignlawns

    seems like they're getting attention for what they're doing in the present. I doubt michael has a problem with that, so why should we?

    9月 19日 1:37 回复
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    I somewhat cringed when fanboys came up to Mr. Gira at the merch table and did not address him as so. Show the man some respect! Not, "Hey dude!" or "Wassup?" ...kids these days sheeesh

    9月 18日 17:29 回复
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Chanting? I don't hear any chanting

    9月 18日 17:25 回复
  • William-90

    I know you were addressing PlzDontBan, but, for me, Swans' early albums were like the paintings of Francis Bacon being thrashed into musical form. Perhaps that was part of Gira's intention. I know he names Bacon as one of his influences.

    9月 18日 8:15 回复
  • OcellatedGod

    v So what were early swans were getting at? Please enlighten us as to their purpose.

    9月 18日 6:19 回复
  • PlzDontBan

    whenever they get attention it's for albums that are 2 hours of chanting and defeating the purpose of what early swans were getting at, so they can get ignored as far as i'm concerned

    9月 18日 0:57 回复
  • William-90

    I was very surprised that Swans tracks were being used as incidental music for the Young Vic's production of A Streetcar Named Desire (starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster). While I'm always gratified to see and hear Swans getting any kind of attention, their inclusion didn't suit the play at all. To me, it even seemed to jar with the 'flow' and the atmosphere of the rest of the production as well. I suppose I should expect strange, inappropriate decisions from British theatre directors by now.

    9月 17日 13:40 回复
  • cadavreflex

    will we survive?

    9月 16日 2:05 回复
  • taylorbroad

    If you like Swans, you might like ambient lo-fi folk act The Noises We Make When No One Is Around. The debut ep is available on Bandcamp on September 29th but until then, you can listen via Soundcloud; https://soundcloud.com/thenoiseswemake/sets/the-black-box-contained Enjoy!

    9月 15日 14:38 回复
  • cadavreflex

    i agree. classical*

    9月 14日 1:29 回复
  • PlzDontBan

    Early Swans (aka best Swans) were industrial

    9月 14日 1:06 回复
  • cadavreflex

    did you orchestrate that sunflower's death.

    9月 14日 0:08 回复
  • OcellatedGod

    Not quite what I was referring to, but thanks.

    9月 14日 0:01 回复
  • cadavreflex

    thanks for sharing! i really enjoyed the beached sunflower photo.

    9月 13日 21:55 回复
  • OcellatedGod

    Saw them Wednesday night in LA, they played for 2.5 hours and they were incredible! I was right by the stage and put a few pictures on Instagram if anyone's curious.

    9月 13日 20:16 回复
  • SiMonvmentvm

    Mother of the World is still sick tits, bruhs.

    9月 13日 0:19 回复
  • christina_gahan

    "Мы не врачи, мы — боль".

    9月 12日 10:28 回复
  • Sedzio

    for that cover i will listen To be kind always!

    9月 11日 20:03 回复
  • Taki90

    i like how there's no real notable similar artists to SWANS,that makes them non-conformists even to non-conformism i guess,enough internet for me now..

    9月 10日 23:10 回复
  • antiperiodic

    Nevermind, it's back. HANL and Swans is a pretty cool comparison

    9月 10日 16:38 回复
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