Death Blues – EnsemblePosted: October 2, 2014
Don’t be fooled by the name; Death Blues is in fact a really life-affirming and optimistic release, with each track one-upping the one before in the richness of compositional arrangements and post-rock’s baroque tendencies translated into a mostly folk-oriented instrumentarium. In short, Ensemble, released on Rhythmplex, is what post-reincarnation Swans would have sounded like Michael Gira & co. didn’t fucking hate everybody on Earth and would rather translate their ritualistic skillz into moody, wood-ornamented heavy folk paintings. The images of American folklore and ragged frontier are clashed with monumental visions of Godspeed You! Black Emperor to create an eclectic and breathtaking mix. Post-folk, anyone?