The anonymous talent behind the Black Swan alias has uploaded a cruelly short preview of the track “A Lesson In Slow Flight.” Black Swan aficionado Ben Barrett submitted the title during an online contest.
While the artist claims that analog mixdown of the new material is underway and that the results are “blissfully droning,” the two-minute clip remains close to its now-familiar unorthodoxy. There is nothing like this project anywhere and — despite its #4 slot in our top albums of 2011 — The Quiet Divide was the finest release of the year in terms of sheer innovation. Harmonies were largely buried under mudslides of analog noise, while percussion lines were stitched together in samples and frequencies. The descent into, and return from static was among the most disarming sonic metaphors of the year, and was as triumphant as any film released last year. The new album promises to be a massive musical event.
Stream the clip on Facebook.