The Horse, the Rat and the Swan

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The Horse, The Rat and The Swan
Studio album by
Released24 May 2008
RecordedBlackbird Studios
GenreAlternative rock
LabelDot Dash Recordings
ProducerDave Parkin and Snowman
Snowman chronology
The Horse, The Rat and The Swan
Professional ratings
Review scores
Pitchfork Media(8.0/10)[1]
Polaroids of Androids(9.5/10)[2]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[3]

The Horse, The Rat, and The Swan is the second studio album for Perth band, Snowman. It was released on 24 May 2008 on Dot Dash Recordings. Snowman produced the album with Dave Parkin (The Panda Band, Red Jezebel) at Blackbird Studios in Perth, Western Australia. In an interview lead singer, Joe McKee explains the reasoning behind the name of the album.

The Horse, the Rat and the Swan are three different characters and themes that reoccur in the album. The Horse represents the apocalypse, the Rat represents betrayal and corruption, and the Swan is the letting go of all of this, realising that one cannot be consumed by these dark thoughts constantly because there needs to be beauty and letting go of that.

— Joe McKee [4]

McKee goes on to explain how the band went around creating the album.

I think we wanted to strip things to their rawest form, and to make raw form interesting we had to rely on the rhythms being interesting. There is a big focus on the rhythms. We were all just making a whole lot of noise. It took a while to be happy with it. I mean, it’s not something that we sit around listening to. It was more of a relief to get it finished because it consumed us for such a long time. It broke us. But I think I can speak for the whole band and say that we are very proud of it. The subject matter was directly related to the solitary environment that we wrote in. I think we focused on isolating ourselves even more than we had in the past. We decided that we needed the album to be far more focused and cohesive than the first. The solitude in turn took its toll on our mental state, which may be the reason for the apocalyptic and bleak nature of the album as all of our fears and paranoias were seeping out slowly.

— Joe McKee[4]

The first single to be lifted off the album was "We Are The Plague".

Track listing[edit]

All the words and music were written by Snowman.[5]

  1. "Our Mother (She Remembers)" - 2:58
  2. "We Are The Plague" - 3:27
  3. "The Gods Of The Upper House" - 4:04
  4. "The Blood Of The Swan" - 3:43
  5. "Daniel Was A Timebomb" - 2:37
  6. "A Re-Birth" - 3:25
  7. "She Is Turning Into You" - 5:36
  8. "The Horse (Parts 1 and 2)" - 6:00
  9. "Diamond Wounds" - 6:16


  1. ^ Pitchfork Media review Archived 2008-08-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Polaroids of Androids review
  3. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  4. ^ a b Howe, Dave. "Online exclusive:Snowman". Oyster magazine. Retrieved 2008-12-23.[dead link]
  5. ^ APRA database at the Australasian Performing Right Association website (search each song title)