Swans ‎– The Glowing Man

Young God Records ‎– YG58
3 × Vinyl, LP, Album
DVD, DVD-Video


The Glowing Man
A1 Cloud Of Forgetting 12:43
Cloud Of Unknowing (25:12)
A2 Cloud Of Unknowing
B Cloud Of Unknowing (Continued)
C1 The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black 14:27
C2 People Like Us 4:31
D Frankie M 20:58
E1 When Will I Return? 5:26
The Glowing Man (28:53)
E2 The Glowing Man
F1 The Glowing Man (Continued)
F2 Finally, Peace 6:15
Live 2015 DVD
DVD-1 Frankie M. 22:58
DVD-2 A Little God In My Hands 11:22
DVD-3 Cloud Of Forgetting 26:13
DVD-4 Just A Little Boy 13:34
DVD-5 Cloud Of Unknowing 11:09
DVD-6 The Glowing Man 28:30

Companies, etc.



Housed in a tri-fold jacket. Includes download code and poster. Copies ordered from the Young God Records website come signed by M. Gira.

All songs published by Young God Publishing (ascap), administered by Mute Song outside of North America.
This album ℗ and © 2016 Young God Records

Swans recorded by John Congleton, engineer, at Sonic Ranch (Tornillo, Texas) and at Elmwood Studios (Dallas, Texas). Additional recording by Don Gunn at Studio Litho (Seattle, WA), Ingo Krauss at CandyBomber (Berlin), Doug Henderson at Micro-Moose (Berline), Jen Turner at her apartment (Brooklyn, NY), Martin Bisi (B.C. Studios, Brooklyn).
Mixed by Ingo Krauss at CandyBomber and Doug Henderson at Micro-Moose. Mastered by Doug Henderson at Micro-Moose.
Amplifiers by Orange Amplifiers and Gallien Kruger. Strings by D'Addario.
Business and Management and Young God Records Administration by Peter Wright at Virtual Label. Booking by Todd Cote at Leafy Green Booking. Publicity by Howard Wuelfing at Howlin' Wuelf Media and Zoe Miller at Mute. Swans music is licensed and released outside North America by Mute.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): YG-58 A 25861.1(2)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): YG-58 B 25861.2(2)... Salt
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout): YG-48 C 25861.3(2)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout): YG-58 D 25861.4(2)... Salt
  • Matrix / Runout (Side E runout): YG-48 E 25861.5(2)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side F runout): YG-58 F [Struck-through D] 25861.6(2)... Salt
  • Matrix / Runout (DVD matrix): 6745-DV-0036
  • Mould SID Code (DVD): IFPI L831
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
YG58 Swans The Glowing Man(2xCD, Album) Young God Records YG58 US 2016 Sell This Version
YG58, STUMM389 Swans The Glowing Man(3xLP, Album) Young God Records, Mute YG58, STUMM389 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
TRCP 203~205 Swans The Glowing Man(2xCD, Album + DVD-V) Traffic (3) TRCP 203~205 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
CDSTUMM 389, YG58 Swans The Glowing Man(2xCD, Album) Mute, Young God Records CDSTUMM 389, YG58 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
YG58 Swans The Glowing Man(3xLP, Album) Young God Records YG58 US 2016 Sell This Version


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January 18, 2017

Not many reunion bands achieve something so artfully accomplished as Swans. The Glowing Man is a great record and the perfect ending to the series of albums they have published in recent years.
The deep expansive sound they were forging since The Seer here is developed to its fullest. It seems for The Glowing Man MG looked inwards in search of a more hypnotic and droney sound. The aggressiveness of the music is present but not as frontal as in To Be Kind. At times it resembles the creepy atmosphere and minimalist approach of STFTB, but this time with a more uplifting and spiritual quality. Lyrics of the first two tracks were inspired by an anonymous 14th century book of Christian mysticism ("The Cloud of Unknowing") while the others "grew from things I thought at the time", according to MG. "Cloud of forgetting" is a slowly built crescendo which ends on a beautiful decrescendo piano melody. "Cloud of unknowing" takes you on a long journey to the deepest core of the album ,while the songs on side C/D take you back to the surface and envelope you with their dizzy drones. "When will I return" is a turning point on the album, the heavy instrumentation is taken back giving way to a laid back acoustic sound with female vocals. The lyrics are more straightforward and the song feels unsettling and detached from the previous songs, but somehow prepares the way for the center masterpiece of the album: "The Glowing Man" . This track is up there in greatness with "The Sound" and "Bring the sun", showing the band unleash its maximum power. "Finally, Peace" is the perfect ending to this long journey, a beautiful finale which leaves you floating into eternity.
It should be noted that half of the album came from a live context , so these songs come fully into life when seeing the band live, which is one the most intense musical experiences I have ever witnessed. For the best listening experience this album should be heard without doing anything else at high volume, in total immersion . The vinyl pressing is top quality, absolutely clean sound and with great dynamic range. It sounds much better than the CD edition, you should definetly grab a copy. If you can't afford the vinyl deluxe edition (with the DVD) then I'd suggest buying the standard vinyl edition plus the 2xCD w/DVD edition which is still available for a fair price


June 21, 2016

Just received my pre-order in the mail and it sounds great so far! I'm glad that the vinyl issue isn't any shorter due to edits. One problem; I got a duplicate of Disc 2 and no Disc 3. I've used the download code, but man what a bummer.


June 16, 2016

Nice to see the songs haven't been edited aside from the fade outs on Cloud of Unknowing and The Glowing Man, yet the ending of Finally, Peace abruptly cuts out which is relatively minor.