Last Days

by Swim Ignorant Fire

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"Swim Ignorant Fire’s sound leaned towards progressive and angular tendencies, with lush drawings of note configurations and swarming dynamic shifts that relied on a high standard of musicianship. Being a bassist at heart, Stephen has stretched the limitations of his past and broke ground into an amalgamation of many new sounds. This break through reflects tone masters such as Tarentel, Cerberus Shoal, Thurston Moore, the spiritual guidance from the classical arts in the Middle East, the elongated guitar climaxes of Explosions in the Sky along with the unique approaches to the guitar from musicians like John Frusciante and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Experimental IDM, acoustic groundings and gardens of electronic psychedelia all submerge themselves together as one spirit." - Sound Colour Vibration

"Swim Ignorant Fire, features lush, ambient instrumentals of shimmering protean guitar; a bird’s nest of sonic air paint evoking the damaged fuzz of artists such as Thrones and Papa M as well as the skeletal drone studies of Stars of the Lid and Mogwai. A prostile suggestionnaire, like the changing of the leaves in autumn" - Challah Records

"Strange noises littered amongst the sounds of angels" - Scotch Tapes

"This album is very melancholic, maybe sad in places, yet imbued with a subcutaneous hope. Because if you talk about the end of humanity, it must also be including something positive. Guitars and subtle electronic background are mutually balanced. Once dominated by one, right after the other. Parties forming the fuzzy passages, and soon there are interesting rhythmical. This happens a lot here and a lot of contradictory things rather than to fight, make up a nice, closed structure; Complement each other, somewhere in each blend and seem to be quite logical, as if there was no antagonism." - SOINOISE

"Experimental musician Stephen Holliger, aka Swim Ignorant Fire, released Last Days earlier this year and it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. This album could be the soundtrack to the end of the world. But don’t let that description fool you. There is still hope in the world and Last Days makes you feel that. Amongst the airy soundscapes brews mechanistic noises, fluttering synth, and an orchestral life force that seems very fitting for the current stream of music being released.....It is moving, orchestral, and eerily beautiful. There is a cohesiveness that moves the listener... it could be the soundtrack to the end of world. But it is not the end so much as it is a touchstone of the changing times." - Sweet Stuff Chicago

Last Days released on tape through Scotch Tapes

Released on CD through Challah Records


released March 3, 2011

Mixed, Engineered, Performed by Stephen Holliger
Mastered by Rob Kleiner



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Track Name: Last Days of Man
Its inside you,
This baby will soon die in its mothers arms.
Shadows inside the skirt of death
Teasing and eating you out
Embolism following
A bubble straight to her heart,
The Last Days of Man.