Giant Swan return with their first new music almost a year to the day since their instant classic self-titled debut LP. “Silkworm” is a weapons-grade, leftfield club banger, primed to cause delirious devastation on the dancefloor that we’re all currently denied, and the initial blast from a 3 track EP coming in 2021, ‘ Do Not Be Afraid Of Tenderness ’. Giant Swan will also be performing a special Boiler Room concert on Friday 27 November.
One of the most exciting artists to emerge from the UK underground in recent years, with equal appeal to fans of hardcore punk or noise-rock as club kids and clued up electronica fans, the duo toured relentlessly pre-COVID, playing everywhere from Berghain to Glastonbury to support slots with The Horrors and IDLES, and a series of 12″s on tastemaker labels such as Whities and Timedance leading up to their debut album. Released once again on their own Warp-affiliated KECK imprint, and mastered by multi-disciplinary artist Russell Haswell, noted for his collaborative work with the likes of Aphex Twin , Mika Vainio, and Merzbow.
Harry Wright comments: “The EP is called ‘Do Not Be Afraid Of Tenderness’, which I feel is something we can all relate to, but for me this comes as a result of a more personal struggle I’ve been exploring with regards to loss, consolation and serenity. It’s about accepting we’re all ‘under’ something in all senses of the word, through oppression and limitation in one sense of course, but in a more positive way it’s about knowing there is love and help around and it will always find you if you can’t find it. This is also the first time we’ve made a whole record without seeing each other IRL… definitely learned a lot from that experience…”
Robin Stewart adds: “I found the writing process incredibly difficult because we weren’t able to see one another. An unusual lack of contact meant that mixing the tunes felt very raw and reactionary, which I felt actually made the experience an enriching one. Despite this it was a very powerful experience and one that has definitely resulted in some of the most personal music we’ve ever written.”
Giant Swan – Do Not Be Afraid Of Tenderness
Release Date: 19 February 2021
Formats: 12″ Vinyl + Digital
B2. Do Not Be Afraid Of Tenderness
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