Gira (once in the band Swans) and his The Angels of Light give us their
newest album in style and humility and the four member core of this band
is in top form for this release. "Everything Is Good Here..."
comes to town and brings its own sense of majesty and grace. "Nations"
sounds quite fitting and very timely, given the state the world finds
itself in with tribe rising up against tribe without anyone ever winning;
the vengeful god who sits above it all and does nothing... a cautionary
tale at its best. Gira incorporates some very interesting instrumentation
this time around including, but not limited to: farfiza organ, mandolin,
a children's choir, flutes and even cuckoo clocks. An eclectic mix of
ambience and pining heartache dominates with Gira's lyrical demons ever
hounding him, mercilessly serving to remind him and indeed all of us,
just how sweet and cruel the world can be. The frailty of existence and
the exquisite need to find contentment coupled with the shame of having
to ask for it. Stunned bewilderment at the state of things. These are
a few of the concepts which "Everything Is Good Here..." makes
starkly clear and brutally inescapable.