Anonymous Bodies in an Empty Room: “Sex, God, Sex” by Swans

  February 5th, 2008

Swans – Sex, God, Sex (From “Children of God”)

Swans’ “Children of God”– this album’s a musical crucible. These songs of Gira’s and Jarboe’s gather, compress, burn & reduce what we feel and what we experience to pure pale cores.

Flesh of melody flayed away and bone remains: a skinny piano line, a frayed ribbon of flute. Sheaths stripped from the blue glowing nerves.

Life and the complex relationships we form to endure it are boiled to nothing but: fear, power, desire, acquisition, redemption, violation, fury.

And the many rhythms with which we walk, run, breathe, leap are pulverized to one stark, cavernous beat.

And the many sights we see from waking to sleeping — the flashing panoply, the images, the objects, the colors, the faces — these too are stripped to their archetypes: fire, a child, a garden, a mouth, honey, blood.

[posted by C Way at 1:17 AM]


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