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Last time we heard from the veteran experimental rockers Swans was on 2012′s The Seer, a two-hour behemoth that was also one of the decade’s most overwhelming and ambitious albums so far. If you haven’t given that a listen, you should know it comes with the highest recommendation, albeit with the caveat that it is a difficult thing to swallow whole. Judging by the new songs previewed so far, Michael Gira’s band is not even considering easing off on the intensity level.

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“Oxygen” is the latest track to be previewed from Swans’ forthcoming album, To Be Kind, and it is a pummeling eight minutes of music that should give you some idea of what to expect from the new record (which is apparently another two-hour epic). To Be Kind will be released through Gira’s own Young God Records on May 12th and will be accompanied by a US tour that has yet to include a Los Angeles date. Watch this space on that front. You can listen to “Oxygen” below.

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