Swans–Screen Shot

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a mantra that could easily be applied to both Swans and Ann Demeulemeester.  Both have been churning out gothic/industrial-tinged work for decades without ever losing their sense of adventure or seeing a dip in quality.  So it makes perfect sense that Demeulemeester would choose the band’s song Screen Shot for last year’s Fall/Winter collection of her women’s line.  It’s a loping, sickly beast, dangerous and definitive.  That makes it a perfect pairing with the collection, not as funereal as years past, but rather powerful and precise.  The clothing is high gloss and sultry, with an extra eye to strong tailoring.  The song is eight driving minutes of growing menace, beginning tightly controlled, but snowballing into a shrill cacophony.  Like many other Swans songs, it it deceptively simple, finding commanding new angles in repetition, much like Demeulemeester’s own work.

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