SWANS — The Seer

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Album · 2012

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CD 1:

1. Lunacy (06:09)
2. Mother of the World (09:57)
3. The Wolf (01:35)
4. The Seer (32:14)
5. The Seer Returns (06:17)
6. 93 Ave. B Blues (05:21)
7. The Daughter Brings the Water (02:40)

CD 2:

1. Song for a Warrior (03:58)
2. Avatar (08:51)
3. A Piece of the Sky (19:10)
4. The Apostate (23:01)

Total Time 119:13


1. No Words / No Thoughts (18:50)
2. Avatar (10:36)
3. The Apostate (19:31)
4. Beautiful Child (Fragment) (03:43)
5. Jim (08:16)
6. Sex God Sex (07:13)
7. The Seer / I Crawled (32:16)

Total Time 100:25


- Michael Gira / vocals, guitar, harmonica
- Norman Westberg / guitar
- Thor Harris / percussion, chimes, vibraphone, piano, clarinet
- William Rieflin / piano, organ, synthesizer
- Phil Puleo / percussion, hammered dulcimer
- Christopher Pravdica / bass guitar
- Christoph Hahn / lap steel guitar

Guest musicians:

- Jarboe / background vocals (CD1 - 5, CD2 - 3)
- Karen O / lead vocals (CD2 - 1)
- Alan Sparhawk & Mimi Parker of Low / background vocals (CD1 - 1)
- Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton & Dana Janssen of Akron/Family / background vocals (CD2 - 3)
- Kevin McMahon / recording, processing and mixing; additional drums (CD1 - 5, CD2 - 2), additional guitars (CD2 - 1&2)
- Ben Frost / fire sounds (acoustic & synthetic) (CD2 - 3)
- Bryce Goggin / piano (CD2 - 1)
- Stephan Rocke / basson (CD1 - 4)
- Iain Graham / bagpipes (CD1 - 4)
- Bruce Lamont / horns (CD1 - 4)
- Bob Rutman / steel cello (CD1 - 4)
- Caleb Mulkerin & Colleen Kinsella of Big Blood / accordion, vocals, dulcimer, guitar, piano
- Sean Mackowiak of Grasshopper / mandolin, clarinet
- Cassis Birgit Staudt / accordion
- Eszter Balint / violin
- Jane Scarpantoni / cello

About this release

2CD, 2CD/DVD, digital and 12" vinyl 3LP released 28th August 2012 on Young God Records (YG45).

2CD, 2CD/DVD, digital and 12" vinyl 3LP released 2014 on Mute (CDSTUMM363) / Young God Records (YG45).

12" vinyl 3LP repressed 2019 on Young God Records (YG45) / Mute (STUMM363).

Thanks to IMPF2112 for the addition and tupan, Bosh66 for the updates

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A sustained and carefully optimised sonic attack, The Seer runs the full gamut from ugly doomy drones to gorgeous post-rock passages and beyond. Definitely an album to lose yourself in over a wide space of time - with tracks extending for as long as half an hour this isn't something which you can really dip in and out of quickly - it offers some of the most subtle and startling soundscapes in recent music. Recent Swans releases have been divided between major releases and more fannish releases intended to provide means of funding the truly important projects; this is one of those important projects, and it truly merits being considered as such.

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