Giant Swan return with new EP Do Not Be Afraid of Tenderness

Giant Swan © Tom Andrew
© Tom Andrew

A year on from their self-titled debut album, Giant Swan are back with an announcement.

The pair are set to release the EP Do Not Be Afraid of Tenderness on their own label, Keck, on 19 February. The three-track release was created during a period when members Harry Wright and Robin Stewart were unable to see each other. Accompanying the announcement is the new single and club banger Silkworm. Listen below.

Wright said, “The EP is called Do Not Be Afraid of Tenderness, which I feel is something we can all relate to, but for me this comes as a result of a more personal struggle I’ve been exploring with regards to loss, consolation and serenity.”

“It’s about accepting we’re all ‘under’ something in all senses of the word, through oppression and limitation in one sense of course, but in a more positive way it’s about knowing there is love and help around and it will always find you if you can’t find it. This is also the first time we’ve made a whole record without seeing each other IRL… definitely learned a lot from that experience.”

Stewart added, “I found the writing process incredibly difficult because we weren’t able to see one another. An unusual lack of contact meant that mixing the tunes felt very raw and reactionary, which I felt actually made the experience an enriching one. Despite this it was a very powerful experience and one that has definitely resulted in some of the most personal music we’ve ever written.”

Check out the artwork below, and read Giant Swan’s cover story.

A1. Silkworm
B2. Do Not Be Afraid of Tenderness