Swans (Life After Death) - By Islands. Taken from the album Return to the Sea
Considering the many words there are to describe something as ‘good’ or ‘exceptional’ I have decided to forego every single one of them because each adjective would only dilute its brethren in a cycle of recycled meanings.
It can only be said that everything in this song is huge and sweeping. Its bass line is hypnotic, the vocals border on tribal and enchanting, the drumming half assed and weak… wait i thought i was praising this song? oh BUT I AM! Letting you rest easy with the almost soft-pop, head bob of its introduction, Swans is a song that dares to do something a lot of other songs rarely do and that is evolve.
It is not until the 6 and a half minute mark that when you think you are near exhaustion that it quite literally ‘releases’ the drummer into the song and gets its second wind, a wind that carries it through on its shoulders like ridiculously photogenic guy finally finishing his marathon.
Opening for what is a truly amazing album, this song is a 9 and a half minute wave of psychedelic sing-along BRILLIANCE (oooh i know, i slipped, i couldn’t help it).
Islands is a Los Angeles based Indie Rock band hailing from Montreal, Canada and have released 3 albums including ‘Arms Way’, ‘Vapours’, and there debut from which this song is taken ‘Return to the Sea’