The Swans new To Be Kind album- the follow up to their epic ‘The Seer’ opus is due out in May and they have started to float hints of its greatness with this, the cover art, and a new track leaked to fellow music website Pitchfork.
Of the artwork we’re told:
The images for ‘To Be Kind’, supplied by artist and founder of Slash magazine / records Bob Biggs (with package design by M. Gira), were first seen by Gira at a friend’s house, “I noticed an unfathomable image on the wall. It was a pastel of one of the baby images we now have decided to use as the art for the new Swans album. It’s an utterly banal image, isn’t it? But the thing is, it stuck with me, all these years… I look at Bob’s baby images as something like the Mona Lisa – utterly inscrutable, but ACHING to reach up to the surface. Or like one of Jasper Johns’ flag paintings – I just can’t figure them out, and I’m not supposed to do so, but they keep calling me back.” Originally he asked Biggs if he could use the artwork back in 1981. Biggs said no, but, explains Gira: “those images have remained in the back of my head since then, always nagging. I’m delighted that these images, finally, with Bob’s consent, can now act as innocent, but implacable sentinels for the music of Swans, after all these years.”