SWAN LAKE  |  Enemy Mine

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    Tracks

  1. Spanish Gold, 2044
  2. Paper Lace
  3. Heartswarm
  4. Settle On Your Skin
  5. Ballad Of A Swan Lake, Or, Daniel's Song
  6. Peace
  7. Spider
  8. A Hand At Dusk
  9. Warlock Psychologist
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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.

(JAG128 released: 03/24/09)

Surrender by Briana Marela
I Don't Want to Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
Just Like Blood by Sharon Van Etten
Druganaut by Black Mountain
Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Can't Keep Checking My Phone by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Continental Shelf by Viet Cong
Silhouettes by Viet Cong
Neverending Fountain (alt. version) by S. Carey
Bullet Proof.. I Wish I Was by S. Carey
Forgiven/Forgotten by Angel Olsen
May As Well (Bonus Track) by Angel Olsen

Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Neverending Fountain by S. Carey

Silhouettes by Viet Cong

Continental Shelf by Viet Cong

Black Mountain
Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

Foxygen
Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound

Viet Cong
Dudingen, CH - Kilbi Festival

Wolf People
London, UK - Forum  w/ Mudhoney

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