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 Experimental rock, neofolk, no wave
Length 69:21
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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Michael Gira

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Better Than You"   5:51
2. "Power and Sacrifice"   5:37
3. "You Know Nothing"   5:46
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Song for Dead Time"   5:24
2. "Will We Survive"   6:51
3. "Love Will Save You"   6:06
Side C
No. Title Length
1. "Failure"   6:20
2. "Song for the Sun"   5:03
3. "Miracle of Love"   6:43
Side D
No. Title Length
1. "When She Breathes"   5:03
2. "Why Are We Alive?"   5:29
3. "The Most Unfortunate Lie"   5:02

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

AllMusic described the album as "stunning" and a "clear starting point for the second half of Swans' unique career".[1]


  • Michael Gira – vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards, effects, samples, production
  • Jarboe – 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


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