The beloved musical group from Canada, Swan Lake, is releasing their newest album Enemy Mine on Jagjaguwar on March 24th, world wide. Those who purchase Enemy Mine through a pre-order program with their local record store or Jagjaguwar will be given a digital download of the album for immediate listening. Try and beat that with a stick!
Pre-orders and the download dissemination will begin tomorrow, February 24th, via SC Distribution HERE.
Last week Pitchforkmedia.com, Stereogum.com and Spin.com unleashed the first audio glimpses into the world of Enemy Mine, and we would like to share those with you today. Each song represents what band members Carey Mercer, Spencer Krug and Daniel Bejar bring to Swan Lake on this beautiful collaboration.
The release of SWAN LAKE’s new album is imminent! It is called “Enemy Mine”, to be released on Jagjaguwar on March 24th, 2009 (March 23rd in the UK).
For those unfamiliar, SWAN LAKE is the musical group featuring celebrated songwriter-mystics Daniel Bejar (of Destroyer and New Pornographers), Spencer Krug (of Sunset Rubdown and Wolf Parade) and Carey Mercer (of Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach).
Together they recorded Enemy Mine, their nine-song second album, in Victoria, British Columbia, in early 2008, a little more than a year after the release of their well-received debut collaboration, “Beast Moans”, also on Jagjaguwar.
While their debut album was a beautifully-weaved mash-up of their disparate song-writing styles, often with layer upon layer of various melodies and stylistics thrown into a collaborative cauldron to magical, and at times discordant effect, their second album “Enemy Mine” reflects a more stripped-down, more deliberate approach to collaboration. It’s as if they really tried to just make nice songs together. To quote Krug, “There’s architecture here.” Not that the lyric is about collaboration–it fits nicely though.
It is the band’s contention that this is the first known use of a “court painting” as a record cover used in popular music. As a result of this enthusiasm, the band had planned on calling the album “Before the Law”, a beloved Kafka parable and a reference to this court painting. However, the band is tired of being tagged as “literary”, so they dubbed the record “Enemy Mine”, a beloved movie from Bejar’s youth, and a good metaphor for collaboration.
Spanish Gold, 2044
Settle On Your Skin
Ballad Of A Swan Lake, Or, Daniel’s Song
A Hand At Dusk
An MP3 will be forthcoming, so please stay tuned to your Jagjaguwar news feeders. SWAN LAKE does not currently have any tour plans but is easily swayed by gold doubloons and/or enthusiastic mobs. No promotional copies of “Enemy Mine” will be available until late February.
Call them what you will (a certain word that rhymes with ?Uber Soup? is probably coming to mind for a lot of you), but the three members of the newly-formed Swan Lake (Dan Bejar of DESTROYER and NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, Carey Mercer of FROG EYES, and Spencer Krug of WOLF PARADE and SUNSET RUBDOWN) are all old friends and have been collaborating in one way or another for years. They will release their debut album, “Beast Moans”, in both the CD and LP formats on Jagjaguwar on November 21, 2006.
Mercer and Krug’s connection goes back the furthest, as Krug has always been an on-again, off-again member of Mercer’s Frog Eyes, appearing on record with him as far back as the band’s 2002 debut, “The Bloody Hand”. The two are also former roommates.
When Bejar was putting a band together to flesh out his midi-based Destroyer album “Your Blues”, he picked Frog Eyes as his backing band, and he also took them on the road as his opening act. They also recorded an EP together — “Notorious Lightning and Other Works” — with new versions of songs from “Your Blues”. For the European tour promoting “Your Blues”, Mercer and Krug were his band, and thus the seed was planted for Swan Lake to form; i.e., why not make this a real band and collaborate not just in a live setting but also in the process of songwriting? Before they chose a band name, Mercer would often refer to the new project as “The Songwriters Project”.
Their full-length record features, among other things, beast moans, starling voices, cobra hi hats and arpeggiating pianos. The songs are great weaves, showcasing the famous and very distinctive songwriting styles of Bejar, Krug and Mercer. The sum is definitely greater than the parts, and at distinct points on the record a new “combined” style emerges that throws whole heaps of magic into the air, sounding like nothing else.
“Beast Moans” was recorded in a summer cottage town in Canada, and in Victoria, in a house that Krug and Mercer are familiar with and Bejar feels comfortable enough with. It was “self-produced”. “Beast Moans” is a testament to friendship, eternal and otherwise.
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