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Swans: “Helpless Child” (Soundtracks for the Blind, Young God 1996)

This was the first time I really fell in love with Swans, even though it was the beginning of their end. ┬áDespite being quite a departure from their other material (although you could perhaps consider that a routine change-up, that the only consistency was inconsistency after their late 80s stuff), it’s my favorite still. This track in particular and “The Sound” are two long dirges that were defining musically to me in the mid/late 90s.