Oxygen (Swans EP)

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Oxygen
Swans - Oxygen EP cover.jpg
EP by
ReleasedNovember 25, 2014 (2014-11-25)
Recorded2013–2014
Genre
Length20:01
LabelYoung God/Mute[1]
ProducerMichael Gira
Swans chronology
To Be Kind
(2014)
Oxygen
(2014)
The Gate
(2015)

Oxygen is an extended play by American experimental rock band Swans. It was released digitally on November 25, 2014 through frontman Michael Gira's own label, Young God Records.[2]

Background[edit]

The EP features four different versions of the title track "Oxygen", originally from the band's 2014 album, To Be Kind. The versions include an edit by Mute Records founder Daniel Miller, a live version recorded at Primavera Sound festival, an early version recorded at band leader Michael Gira's home studio and an acoustic version recorded at Studio Mute.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
PopMatters8/10[5]

PopMatters critic Eric Risch wrote: "Despite none of the four versions here reaching the original's length, the Oxygen EP is not fuel efficient enough for the daily commute and provides more torque than required for a Sunday drive." Risch further added: "Revealing the true horsepower behind "Oxygen", this collection should be handled by a professional driver on a closed course."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Michael Gira.

No.TitleLength
1."Oxygen" (Edit)3:04
2."Oxygen" (Live at Primavera)6:49
3."Oxygen" (Early Version)4:24
4."Oxygen" (Acoustic)5:44
Total length:20:01

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Oxygen liner notes[6]

Swans

Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liturgy opening for Swans, who have a new EP & added dates". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  2. ^ Terry, Josh (October 10, 2014). "Swans announce new EP, share alternate version of "Oxygen"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  3. ^ Murray, Robin (October 20, 2014). "Swans Confirm 'Oxygen' EP". Clash. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Swans to release Oxygen EP of live, acoustic and demo versions". Fact. October 20, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Risch, Eric (November 26, 2014). "Swans: Oxygen EP". PopMatters. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  6. ^ Oxygen (CD liner notes). Swans. Young God Records. 2014.CS1 maint: others (link)

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