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Swan Lake: Enemy Mine

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Swan Lake: <em>Enemy Mine</em>
Indie-rock supergroup gets its Asia onThe members of Swan Lake claim that Enemy Mine’s title was originally a Kafka reference, and was changed to avoid being labeled bookish.Beast MoansEnemy Mine

The heavy-handed use of vocal distortion does no favors to the obtuse wordplay, muddying Carey Mercer’s characteristic howl as he invokes Agamemnon and moans about “purging the terror in your bones” on "Peace."  Spencer Krug fares better on "Paper Lace" and "Settle On Your Skin," though both sound like b-sides from his main gig Wolf Parade's At Mount Zoomer. Dan Bejar’s tracks emerge relatively unmolested from the production process, and his plaintive emulations of Bob Dylan’s cadence are Enemy Mine’s high points, like this gem from "Heartswarm": “Dearest darling, no one’s in it for the long haul / look here, Kelly, no one’s in it at all.” There are moments when the synths, pianos and strings coalesce to form something resembling the urgency and poignance Swan Lake is capable of, but these spare highlights are only barely worth looking for.

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