When last we checked in with Swan Lake — the Canadian super-group comprising Spencer Krug, Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer, and New Pornographer Dan “Destroyer” Bejar — we hoped for true collaboration (or a cappella anything), not just a Spence track after a Dan cut after a Carey freak out. Well, we finally got our hands on Beast Moans, and it is, by turns, rambling and brilliant.

The record starts with three songs clearly crafted by each principal — a Bejar tune with quick moving chords and lots of syllables, a paranoid, proggy tune from Spence, and this track from Carey, true to Frog Eyes, but of the three, best hinting at a distinct Swan Lake sound.

Put it this way: If you like these guys individually, you’re gonna love this record as much as Pitchfork already does the lineup alone (which is almost as much as we love Spencer’s pornstache).

Comments (8)
  1. fred  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2006 0

    Sunset Rubdown was awesome last night @ Bowery Ballroom

  2. Belgian  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2006 0

    I hope you got explicit permission to post this one, because Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian are notorious nazis about track-posting.

  3. Hologram  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2006 0

    Upon first listen:
    The vocal effects are quite distracting. But, I’m almost required to love anything that Spencer Krug has a toe in. “City Calls” is basically boring after about 20 seconds.

  4. meh  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2006 0

    overrated

    nothing special
    hologram said it right

    ps. I heard sunset rubdown were pretty tepid

  5. matt b  |   Posted on Sep 25th, 2006 0

    all fires and are you swimming in her pools were spot on. but this, i don’t know.

  6. Colin  |   Posted on Sep 27th, 2006 0

    I like this one more than both “All Fires” and “Are You Swimming.” I’ve never heard anything by Frog Eyes and have no idea what Carey Mercer sounds like, but I must say whoever says the line, “You wanna take a photograph…take a photograph of me” sounds a hell of a lot like Bowie, no?

  7. nader  |   Posted on Sep 27th, 2006 0

    im blown away by Are You Swimming in Her Pools?. im guessing this track is case in point for jagjaguwar when they say “the sum is greater than its parts”. hopefully in the context of the album itll make more sense.

  8. i’m glad you posted this song. it’s possibly the highlight of the album, but it’s also a complex, dense, and hard-to-get-into track.

    i personally love the way it builds slowly to that magnificent chorus, and the way dan and carey’s vocals rise suddenly from the murk. it’s pretty cool.

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