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Hammer 01:58
Swans 02:04
Oak Hill 00:18
Satan 01:33
A New Berlin 03:38


After a year of touring, countless collaborations and time spent in hibernation writing, Australia's psychedelic avant-pop collective The Rational Academy return with their sophomore release Swans. With Swans The Rational Academy set fire to the edges of deconstructed pop, producing a record that typifies their unique vision of richly textured song. Colliding their trademarked harmonic density with a shimmering blur of distinct sonics, this collection is alive with luminous psychedelic anthems, acidic space-dirges, and depth-charged pop experimentation. It is an album that delivers a compelling journey through the outer rim of song-form and melody.

Swans also sees the Academy working closely with producer and arranger, Lawrence English - a collaboration that sought reinvention and transformation, each of the songs being built up and peeled back numerous times to reveal hidden melodies, unusual rhythms and delicate processing. It also features contributions from post-everything musician Mike Cooper and Australian icon Heinz Riegler.

Swans, the second release in Someone Good’s 10 Songs In 20 Minutes’ series.


released May 17, 2009


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