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For almost 1,500 years, Europeans used the supposedly mythical black swan as a metaphor for something which could not exist. Imagine their surprise, then, when a late 17th Century explorer spotted one, paddling down a river in Australia. "Millions of people had looked at the world in a certain way for so long," says Athlete frontman Joel Pott "But it only took one sighting to blow it all apart."

That, in a nutshell, is the Black Swan Theory, from which Athlete's majestic fourth album takes its title. "We read an article about Nassim Nicholas... more