Angels Of Light

Decades: 1990s 2000s


The Angels Of Light arose from the ashes of the influential New York, USA-based noise outfit, Swans. When this unit disbanded in the late 90s after over 15 years of making music, frontman Michael Gira’s (1954, California, USA) first post-Swans release was the one-off, all instrumental Number One Of Three (under the Body Lovers moniker), before launching a more permanent project, the Angels Of Light. While Gira is the leader of the project, former Swans bandmates - Kurt Ralske, Phil Puleo, Larry Mullins, and Bill Rieflin - have been known to lend a hand. Signed to Gira’s own Young God label, the Angels Of Light debuted in 1999 with New Mother, an album that started with Gira laying down the basic tracks by himself (recording acoustic guitar and vocals at the same time), before other musicians added layers on top of it.

On the band’s follow-up, 2001’s How I Loved You, the instruments were recorded at the same time. A limited...

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