Swan Lake send Enemy Mine

Swan Lake are Daniel Bejar (Destroyer and New Pornographers), Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach), and Spencer Krug (Sunset Rubdown and Wolf Parade). Their nine-song sophomore album, Enemy Mine, was recorded in Victoria, British Columbia, and is out today. Enemy Mine has been labeled as “stripped down,” compared to its predecessor Beast Moans, and that may run true. However, the more important issue concerning Enemy Mine, is that the album is far superior in cohesion, conception, and ultimate result to the Swan Lake debut. Throughout the calliope of sounds and whirling voices, I can’t help but feel that Al Stewart, Vic Chestnut, and Bowie are rolling around in there. In whole, Enemy Mine is a grand harrowing struggle depicted through an eternal dance at home in seemingly epic Greek tragedy. No doubt, Enemy Mine will make many best of lists this year, and deservedly so as this is by far my favorite work from which any of these all-star musical poets have been a part.

Spanish Gold, 2044A Hand at DuskSpider


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