White Light from the Mouth of Infinity

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White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
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Studio album by Swans
Released June 6, 1991
Recorded September 1990 – February 1991 at B. Monster Studios, New York City, United States
Genre Post-punk, neofolk, art rock, gothic rock
Length 69:19
Label Young God
Producer Michael Gira, J. G. Thirlwell
Swans chronology
Anonymous Bodies in an Empty Room
White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
Body to Body, Job to Job

White Light from the Mouth of Infinity is the seventh studio album by American post-punk band Swans. It was released in 1991, through the record label Young God. In 2015, it was remastered and made available again digitally and in a triple set along with Love of Life and an album of bonus tracks.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 7.9/10[2]

White Light from the Mouth of Infinity has generally received positive reviews. AllMusic described the album as "stunning" and a "clear starting point for the second half of Swans' unique career".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Michael Gira.

No. Title Length
1. "Better Than You" 5:51
2. "Power and Sacrifice" 5:37
3. "You Know Nothing" 5:46
4. "Song for Dead Time" 5:24
5. "Will We Survive" 6:51
6. "Love Will Save You" 6:06
7. "Failure" 6:20
8. "Song for the Sun" 5:03
9. "Miracle of Love" 6:43
10. "When She Breathes" 5:03
11. "Why Are We Alive?" 5:29
12. "The Most Unfortunate Lie" 5:02
Total length: 69:19


  • Michael Gira – vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards, effects, samples, production
  • Jarboe – vocals, backing vocals, keyboards, choral and orchestral arrangements
  • Christoph Hahn – acoustic and electric guitar
  • Cliton Steele – acoustic and electric guitar
  • Norman Westberg – electric guitar
  • Jenny Wade – bass guitar
  • Anton Fier – drums, drum programming
  • Nicky Skopelitis – acoustic and electric guitar, baglama, bazouki, banjo
  • Vincent Signorelli – percussion
  • Hahn Rowe – violin
  • Steve Burgh – mandolin, 12-string guitar
  • J. G. Thirlwell – engineering, re-mix assistance, programming and co-production on "Power and Sacrifice"
  • Bryce Goggin – engineering
  • Steve McAllister – engineering, programming (additional)
  • Deryk Thomas – front cover illustration
  • John Sarfell – inner sleeve foldout painting
  • Patricia Mooney – sleeve layout
  • Brian Martin – re-mixing
  • Alex Armitage – re-mix assistance


Chart (2016) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[3] 195


  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "White Light from the Mouth of Infinity – Swans : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Swans". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Swans – White Light from the Mouth of Infinity" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 23, 2016.

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