Swans ‎– Die Tür Ist Zu

Rough Trade ‎– RTD 157.3140.2, Rough Trade ‎– RTD 157.3140.2 42
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Recorded/mixed at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, B.C. Studios, Brooklyn, Plastikville Studios, N.Y.C.
Track 4 and 7 recorded live at Astoria 2, London and Slaughterhouse, Bremen.
Track 6 recorded at VPRO Radio, Amsterdam. The session at VPRO was recorded on December 14, 1994. During that session also the songs "I See Them All Lined Up", "My Buried Child " (which appears on "I Am The Sun" 7") and "She Lives!" were recorded (all acoustic versions).
The material comprising this CD was rearranged, collaged, cut-up, EQed, mastered etc. at Griffin Mastering, Atlanta, GA.

All material © 1996 M. Gira/Young God Pub. (ASCAP)

Code barre et autres identifiants

  • Barcode: 4 005902 314022
  • Label Code: LC 5661
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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YG62, STUMM422 Swans Die Tür Ist Zu(LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch + EP, Ltd, RE) Young God Records, Mute YG62, STUMM422 Europe 2018 Vendre cette version
RTD 157.3140.2 Swans Die Tür Ist Zu(CD, EP) Rough Trade RTD 157.3140.2 Germany 1996 Vendre cette version
YG62 Swans Die Tür Ist Zu(LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch + EP, Ltd, RE) Young God Records YG62 US 2018 Vendre cette version


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3 août 2018
Who got to call it an EP? I don't get it


17 mai 2018
"Die Tür ist zu" will get a proper vinyl release on July 20 along with "Soundtracks For The Blind". Don't go for the overpriced RSD offers.


7 février 2018
From a Young God Records email sent on 5th February 2018:

Soundtracks for the Blind is finished and is in the pipeline. It's taken forever to figure out the packaging and to master it properly. It will be available as a 4xVinyl set, as well as a 3xCD (the 3rd CD is the long out of print Die Tur Ist Zu). Release for Soundtracks will be in May.

Die Tur Ist Zu will also be available soon as a limited 3 sided vinyl release, the 4th side being an etched graphic. It will be available for Record Store Day, April 21st in North America (Mute to release at a later date).


13 août 2013

Released in 1996, Die Tür ist Zu includes alternate or live versions of songs from previous and later albums. The majestic opening track, Ligeti's Breath/Hilflos Kind, is an extended version of Helpless Child on Soundtracks for the Blind.

After a 9-minute orchestral intro, Gira's German vocal enters with a meandering narrative of mother's milk and breasts after which guitar squalls darken the mood. This in turn gives way to an austere symphonic section which intensifies to an almost Wagnerian level. Throughout, there are drones that add much gravitas and atmosphere to the heavily laden voice. I guess György Sándor Ligeti’s Atmospheres inspired this tour de force but it could have been Lux Aeterna too.

German is of course the ideal language for Swans and the next track does not disappoint. Ich Sehe Die Alle In Einer Reihe, a more robustly oppressive version of I See Them All Lined Up from Drainland, has it all: menacing mood, metallic clangs, monotone vocal with sing-song sections, bursts of orchestral noise and grim imagery.

Thus, the steadily churning Surrogate Drones with its inaudible whispers and muffled distanced voices comes as a relief. YRP was recorded live in London. From the early album Cop, the original is called Your Property. This spacious, melodic interpretation with bursts of bellowing by Jarboe leaves much more of a lasting impression.

You Know Nothing from the album White Light from the Mouth of Infinity here becomes You Know Everything (Reprise 1991) as found on, or quite similar to, the version on Various Failures. And what a sublime lullaby is formed by Jarboe's backing vocals framing the same taped voice of a little girl which occurs somewhere else in their oeuvre. The child goes 'Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!' Right in the middle it is rudely interrupted by an implosion of massed guitars for a while… but the spooky melody lingers.

Another concert recording, M/F (or Mother/Father on Great Annihilator) has Jarboe's electral/oedipal screams about destruction over acoustic guitars which render them only slightly less harrowing.

The door finally closes on this atmospheric mid-nineties masterpiece with Soundsection which is a live version of The Sound on Soundtracks. Its spontaneity is appealing, Gira's vocals flow more smoothly compared to the studio recording, this one sounds almost jolly and infused with joie de vivre. And that's Swans at their best.