Young God Records has begun taking preorders for Swans' new double-album, The Seer.
As noted by Michael Gira:
The album features the core lineup of Michael Gira, Norman Westburg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris, and Christopher Pravdica, "honorary Swan" Bill Rieflin, and guest contributions from a number of people, which include former Swans member Jarboe, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker from Low, Karen O, Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton, and Dana Janssen of Akron/Family, Caleb Mulkerin and Colleen Kinsella of Big Blood, Sean "Grasshopper" Mackowiak, Ben Frost, Iain Graham, Bob Rutman, Cassis Staudt, Eszter Balint, Jane Scarpatoni, Kevin McMahon, Bryce Goggin, and Stefan Rocke.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 rehearsals, live and 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 quest is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I’m a kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!
Anyone who has heard Swans' 2012 live double-album, We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head, or has been fortunate enough to witness their incredible live shows during recent tours should be pleased with the final studio recordings. An excerpt from album's final track, "The Apostate," is streaming below.
The Seer will available in CD, vinyl, and digital formats. The CD version is available as a two-disc digipak, or in a special edition 2CD + DVD digipak which includes live footage from their 2010/2011 tours. The vinyl release is spread across 3 LPs. MP3s and WAVs will be available August 28th, which is the official release date. All copies of The Seer purchased directly from Young God will be signed by Michael Gira.
Order yours today from Young God Records.