The Seer
Label: Young God Records
Formats: 2x Digipack CD / 3xLP / DL

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  
Total Running Time: approx. 2 hrs.


(included in special edition of The Seer
DOWNLOAD: 'Apostate' (10 minute Edit) 
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"The Seer feels like Swans as its most pure, constantly evolving its songs as physical, transcendent live prayer." FACT Magazine
“The Swans are currently the greatest rock band on the planet…” The Quietus

"this is Swans at their most user-unfriendly and trouser soiling. Mega!" Mojo
"The Swans… will take you to a place that is beyond good and evil" NME
"The Seer is the sound of Gira travelling beyond the role of Hellfire preacher to otherworldly lightning conductor of sound and fury, and the sound of his band as a cataclysmic force of nature in extremis" Terrorizer
**** The Guardian
"their 12th album covers all points from brutality to beauty in pursuit of epiphanies." The Independent
The Swans, who released their new album, The Seer in August, return to the UK on 15th November for a headline show at London's Koko. the band play 3 shows in the UK - London Manchester and Glasgow before heading to mainland Europe.
15-Nov UK London Koko ##
16-Nov UK Glasgow The Arches##
17-Nov UK Manchester Sound Control ##
19-Nov FR Paris Le Trabendo ##
20-Nov NL Nijmegen Doornroosje ##
21-Nov NL Haarlem Patronaat ##
22-Nov DE Hamburg Kampnagel ##
23-Nov DK Copenhagen Det Kgl. Danske
Konservatories Koncertsal
24-Nov N Oslo Parkteatret ##
27-Nov CZ Prague Lucenra Music Bar ##
28-Nov Au Vienna Arena Big Hall ##
30-Nov IT Bologna Locomotiv ##
01-Dec P Säo Mamede Guimares Cultural Festival
02-Dec BE Kortrijk De Kreun- Sunns
curator festival
03-Dec C Bern Reitschule Gross Halle ##
04-Dec CH Lausanne Les Docks ##
## support from Sir Richard Bishop
"the one band that makes the best case for extreme music as a profound experience, and one that transcends mimesis or expression. That’s to say: they don’t sing about emotions; they obliterate them; they are the sensation they seek to create."Drowned in Sound 

"Swans are, despite the 30 years of their existence, still on a journey, guided by Michael Gira’s ferocious dedication and need to push the limits of himself and his audience. To paraphrase another great unsatisfied rock genius, “Long may he roar.” The Liminal

"thunderous" The Skinny

"great tidal waves of noise crash and collide; beauty and chaos meet, showing us heaven and hell, the perfect chord, the divine inspiration. Dark...loud…and utterly fucking awesome." Clash

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!

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.
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