The Seer

Release Date:  27th August 2012
Label: Young God Records
Formats: 2x Digipack CD / 3xLP / DL

(This album is also available via http://younggodrecords.com   as a special edition that includes a Swans Live DVD) 

01. Lunacy 
02. Mother of the World  
03. The Wolf  
04. The Seer  
05. The Seer Returns  
06. 93 Ave. B Blues  
07. The Daughter Brings the Water  
08. Song for a Warrior  
09. Avatar  
10. A Piece of the Sky  
11. The Apostate
Total Running Time: approx. 2 hrs.


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27th August 2012

The Seer took 30 years to make. It’s the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I’ve ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it’s unfinished, like the songs themselves. It’s one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade.  
The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they’ll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while.
Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my goal is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I’m a fluffy kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!
(included in special edition of The Seer
SWANS will be touring North America supported by Xiu Xiu on all shows throughout September
06-Sep Vancouver BC Venue
07-Sep Seattle WA Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room
08-Sep Portland OR Hawthorne Theater
10-Sep San Francisco CA The Regency Grand Ballroom
11-Sep Los Angeles CA The Music Box
12-Sep Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom
14-Sep Austin TX La Zona Rosa
15-Sep Houston TX Fitzgerald’s  Upstairs
16-Sep Dallas TX Trees
18-Sep Oklahoma City OK ACM Performance Lab
19-Sep Kansas City MO Beaumont Club
20-Sep Lincoln NE Bourbon Theatre
21-Sep Minneapolis MN Fineline Music Cafe
22-Sep Milwaukee WI Shank Hall
24-Sep Denver CO Gothic Theater

SWANS: Michael Gira - voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, casio, sounds;  Norman Westberg – electric guitar, voice; Christoph Hahn – lap steel guitars; electric guitar, voice; Phil Puleo – drums, percussion, hammer dulcimer, voice; Thor Harris – drums, percussion, orchestral bells, hammer dulcimer, handmade violin thing, vibraphone, piano, clarinet, voice; Christopher Pravdica – bass guitar, voice, incredible handshake. Honorary Swan: Bill Rieflin – piano, organ, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, casio, synthesizer, bass guitar, voice, bird idea….
SPECIAL GUESTS:  Karen O – lead vocal on Song for a Warrior (Karen appears courtesy Interscope Records); Al and Mimi of Low – co-vocals on Lunacy; Jarboe – backing vocals and voice collage on Piece of the Sky and backing vocals on The Seer Returns; Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton, Dana Janssen (Akron/Family) – backing vocals on Piece of the Sky; Caleb Mulkerin and Colleen Kinsella of Big Blood – accordion, vocals, dulcimer, guitar, piano and assorted other instruments on the Seer Returns; Sean Mackowiak (the grasshopper) – acoustic and electric mandolins, clarinet, various songs; Ben Frost – fire sounds (acoustic and synthetic) on Piece of the Sky; Iain Graham – bagpipes on The Seer ; Bruce Lamont – horns on The Seer; Bob Rutman – steel cello on The Seer; Cassis Staudt – accordion various songs; Eszter Balint – violin, various songs; Jane Scarpatoni – cello various songs; Kevin McMahon – additional drums on the Seer Returns, electric guitar, sounds on various songs; Bryce Goggin – piano on Song for a Warrior ; Stefan Rocke – contra bassoon on the Seer
Produced by Michael Gira.
Recorded at Studio P4 and Andere Baustelle in Berlin, by Kevin McMahon, assistants Marco and Boris, and at Marcata Studio, Gardiner, NY, by Kevin McMahon. Additional recording at Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY, engineer: Bryce Goggin, assistant: Adam Sachs.
Mixed by Kevin McMahon at Marcata.
Mastered by Doug Henderson at Micro-Moose Berlin. Pre-mastering by Jamal Ruhe at West Westside Music…
Artwork: Paintings and Swans photo portraits by Simon Henwood. Art direction and design: M.Gira. Layout by Earl Kuck at Revolver. Photo adjustments by David Clark Perry…
This album is also available as a special edition that includes a Swans Live DVD (at younggodrecords.com <http://younggodrecords.com>  and live concerts). DVD Credits: Directed, filmed and produced by Simon Henwood and Marco Porsia. Edited by Marco Porsia. Additional cameras: Rodney Ascher, Dan Knight, Phi Tidy, Alessandra Romeo.
Praise for ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope To The Sky (2010)
“The Swans are currently the greatest rock band on the planet…” The Quietus
“[Gira] is looking for beauty, pure and simple, unfettered by meaning or standard songwriting notions of emotional resonance.” – The Wire

“a majestic return and, let us hope, a harbinger of more to come.” BBC
“The rule book is torn up and incinerated here, but this shouldn’t even be a surprise, considering that’s what Swans made a career doing. Surprise! Swans aren’t dead.” FACT

“pleasing proof they can outstrip even the most fearsome reputation.” The Guardian

 “Swans beauty is best with great beauty, black wings to another world” NME
“Swans are alive, utterly. A terrible beauty is reborn” The Wire
“Monstrous, beautiful, satisfying” Mojo
“… For the last two years, one of the world's most bellicose bands has paid respect to its legacy largely by leaving it alone and tried to expand it by testing its old limits. Here, they do just that, beating past successes with the purpose of the present and showing that... this is exactly the kind of forward-pointing roadmark Swans deserve.” Pitchfork  
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