Swans ‎– The Seer

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Young God Records ‎– YG45
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A1 Lunacy
Guest [Special Guest], Vocals [Co-vocals] – Al Of Low*, Mimi Of Low*
6:07
A2 The Apostate Pt. 1 13:18
B1 The Apostate Pt. 2 9:36
B2 A Piece Of The Sky Pt. 1
Guest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals – Dana Janssen, Miles Seaton, Seth OlinskyGuest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals, Voice [Voice Collage] – JarboeGuest [Special Guest], Sounds [Fire Sounds (Acoustic And Synthetic)] – Ben Frost
9:36
C1 A Piece Of The Sky Pt. 2
Guest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals – Dana Janssen, Miles Seaton, Seth OlinskyGuest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals, Voice [Voice Collage] – JarboeGuest [Special Guest], Sounds [Fire Sounds (Acoustic And Synthetic)] – Ben Frost
9:30
C2 93 Ave. B Blues 5:22
C3 The Daughter Brings The Water 2:33
C4 Song For A Warrior
Guest [Special Guest], Lead Vocals [Lead Vocal] – Karen OGuest [Special Guest], Piano – Bryce Goggin
3:58
D1 Mother Of The World 9:59
D2 Avatar 8:49
E1 The Wolf 1:35
E2 The Seer Pt. 1
Guest [Special Guest], Bagpipes – Iain GrahamGuest [Special Guest], Cello [Steel Cello] – Bob Rutman*Guest [Special Guest], Contrabassoon [Contra Bassoon] – Stefan RockeGuest [Special Guest], Horns – Bruce Lamont
18:56
F1 The Seer Pt. 2
Guest [Special Guest], Bagpipes – Iain GrahamGuest [Special Guest], Cello [Steel Cello] – Bob Rutman*Guest [Special Guest], Contrabassoon [Contra Bassoon] – Stefan RockeGuest [Special Guest], Horns – Bruce Lamont
13:17
F2 The Seer Returns
Guest [Special Guest], Accordion, Vocals, Dulcimer, Guitar, Piano, Instruments [Assorted Other Instruments] – Caleb Mulkerin, Colleen KinsellaGuest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals – JarboeGuest [Special Guest], Drums [Additional Drums] – Kevin McMahon (2)Guest [Special Guest], Harp [Jews Harp] – Shon Mahoney
6:15

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Credits

  • Art Direction, DesignM.Gira*
  • Artwork, Painting [Paintings], Photography By [Swans Photo Portraits]Simon Henwood
  • Engineer [Additional Recording Assistant]Adam Sachs
  • Engineer [Additional Recording Engineer]Bryce Goggin
  • Guest [Special Guest], Accordion [Various Songs]Cassis Staudt*
  • Guest [Special Guest], Cello [Various Songs]Jane Scarpantoni
  • Guest [Special Guest], Electric Guitar, Sounds [Various Songs]Kevin McMahon (2)
  • Guest [Special Guest], Mandolin [Acoustic And Electric Mandolins], Clarinet [Various Songs]Sean Mackowiak (The Grasshopper)*
  • Guest [Special Guest], Violin [Various Songs]Eszter Balint
  • Lacquer Cut By [Lacquer Mastering]Golden*
  • LayoutEarl Kuck
  • Mastered ByDoug Henderson
  • Mastered By [Pre-mastering]Jamal Ruhe
  • Mixed ByKevin McMahon (2)
  • Music ByPravdica* (tracks: B1, C1, D1, E1), Hahn* (tracks: B1, C1, D1, E1), Westberg* (tracks: B1, C1, D1, E1), Puleo* (tracks: B1, C1, D1, E1), Harris* (tracks: B1, C1, D1, E1)
  • Performer [Honorary Swan], Piano, Organ, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards [Casio], Synthesizer, Bass Guitar, Voice, Other [Bird Idea]Bill Rieflin*
  • Performer [Swans], Bass Guitar, Voice, Other [Incredible Handshake]Christopher Pravdica*
  • Performer [Swans], Drums, Percussion, Bells [Orchestral Bells], Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], Violin [Handmade Violin Thing], Vibraphone, Piano, Clarinet, VoiceThor Harris
  • Performer [Swans], Drums, Percussion, Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], VoicePhil Puleo
  • Performer [Swans], Electric Guitar, VoiceNorman Westberg
  • Performer [Swans], Lap Steel Guitar [Lap Steel Guitars], Electric Guitar, VoiceChristoph Hahn*
  • Performer [Swans], Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards [Casio], SoundsMichael Gira
  • Photography By [Photo Adjustments]David Clark Perry*
  • Producer [Produced By]Michael Gira
  • Recorded ByKevin McMahon (2)
  • Recorded By [Assistants]Boris*, Marco*
  • Words By, Music ByM.Gira*
  • Written By – Gira / Westberg / Puleo / Harris / Pravdica / Hahn (tracks: B1, C1, D1, E1)

Notes

Distribution: Revolver USA and Virtual Label LLC.
All words / music © and ℗ M.Gira / Young God Publishing (ASCAP) 2012, except [B1, C1, D1, E1] © and ℗ M.Gira / Young God Publishing (ASCAP) 2012
Throughout the United States of America & Canada: Karen O appears courtesy of Interscope Records. Throughout the World excluding the United States of America, Canada, Australia, & New Zealand: Karen O appears courtesy of Polydor Limited
Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton, Dana Janssen (Akron/Family); Caleb Mulkerin and Colleen Kinsella of Big Blood.

Recorded at Studio P4 and Andere Baustelle in Berlin, and at Marcata Studio, Gardiner, NY.
Additional Recording at Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY.
Mixed at Marcata.
Mastered at Micro-Moose Berlin.
Pre-Mastering at West Side Music.
Layout at Revolver.
This album is dedicated to Simon Henwood.

Lacquer cut mastering engineer and corresponding mastering facility are uncredited, identified by the stamped matrix.

3-panel gatefold cover including MP3 download card and 24"x18" poster.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 658457004517
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, etched): YG 45 - SIDE ONE 20572.I(2)···
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, etched): YG 45 - SIDE TWO 20572.2(2)···
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side C, etched): YG 45 - SIDE THREE 20572.3(2)···
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side D, etched): YG 45 - SIDE FOUR 20572.4(2)···
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side E, etched): YG 45 - SIDE FIVE 20572.5(2)···
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side F, etched): YG 45 - SIDE SIX 20572.6(2)···
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A to F, stamped): GOLDEN

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version
CDSTUMM363, YG45CD Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album, RE) Mute, Young God Records CDSTUMM363, YG45CD UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
LCDSTUMM363 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album + DVD) Mute LCDSTUMM363 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
YG45, STRUMM 363 Swans The Seer(3xLP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Young God Records, Mute Records Ltd. YG45, STRUMM 363 UK 2012 Sell This Version
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album + DVD + S/Edition) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version

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jumblepop1

jumblepop1

July 16, 2016
I just bought a copy of this, and it has no download card. Has anyone else gotten a copy like this?
evertonis111

evertonis111

July 6, 2016
Just bought this a couple weeks ago. Great pressing, and a better tracklist than the digital version.
percydovetonsils

percydovetonsils

November 7, 2014

It seems to me that Mr. Gira's lyrics are becoming smaller with time, which is discouraging given the maturity one naturally expects from a man of his age and breadth of experience. The music is flawless but the lyrics keep intruding a clichéd narrowness of vision and mind that is distressing and distracting. Swans should have remained extinct.
CreeperSteve

CreeperSteve

June 5, 2014
The only problem with the vinyl version of this is the way the tracks are split up; it doesn't make much sense to me that they couldn't keep the original track list as intact as possible, like so.

A1: Lunacy
A2: Mother Of The World
B1: The Wolf
B2: The Seer Pt. 1 (there's no way to fit this on one side)
C1: The Seer Pt. 2
C2: The Seer Returns
D1: 93 Ave B. Blues
D2: The Daughter Brings The Water
D3: Song For A Warrior
D4: Avatar (the d side might be cramped, I'm not sure about this)
E1: A Piece Of The Sky
E2: The Apostate

As the tracklist is, it's a bit irritating to hear three of the best songs get cut off in the middle to move to the other side.
jonassoelberghansen

jonassoelberghansen

May 18, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
Someone know why the STUMM363 Mute release is not discogs (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Seer-VINYL-Swans/dp/B00I8XHSTW/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE)? I can only see the US press called YG45? And does it matter for collectors which one they get if they - I mean wouldn't only the YG45 be called a real first press? Hope to get help from some clever people in here! Jonas
Noid09

Noid09

November 17, 2013
How does this album sound on vinyl?
giovanni64

giovanni64

June 13, 2013

Great, great, nothing less than great !!! This is the kind of music,
that makes life worth living.......
moononfire

moononfire

February 14, 2013

A monster of an album, and though it doesn't approach the mind-bending conlfagration of their live shows (if anybody knows how to make such a recording possible, please let me know), it comes pretty damn close.
A Piece of the Sky is just that, and when the beat comes in halfway through after the shimmering bliss of the dulcimer and crackling fire, the sky does indeed open up and a shard of light falls into my eye.
The Seer is as close to an aural approximation of a McCarthy-esque apocalyptic landscape as anything I've heard in recent memory. And it kicks ass.
The shorter songs are just as powerful, the aqueous beauty of Daughter Brings the Water belies the tremors of hysteria lurking beneath, and Avatar... kaboom.

My only gripe is... WHY SPLIT UP THE TRACKS ON THE VINYL? You could've easily put "The Apostate" on one side and "A Piece of the Sky" on another, and though it's totally understandable to seperate the mammoth title track into two halves, it makes no sense to disturb the thrill of these longer songs, which follow one another on the CD version by the way, by cutting them in half. Don't know why that decision was made, and if anybody can explain to me why this was done... It makes no sense to me.
superblind86

superblind86

December 20, 2012

I've got 4 copies of this album (1 on CD and 3 on vinyl) and I think I would buy some more. I don't why am I doing this but I simply can't stop myself when I see "The Seer" in record stores.
burning7planet

burning7planet

August 29, 2012

Just bought this record, and listened to it. Oh my God. Swans are in a league of their own. I barely know where to start.. The production on this record is bloody perfect, the design of the 3LP cover is just what I hoped it would be, unlike Aphex Twin's SAWII where two records are shoved into one sleeve, the tracks are long, cinematic, beautiful, loud, somewhat foreign, and very original. This is the epitome of Swans.
It almost seems like an insult to call them musicians, because musicians, in particular rock-stars, I feel, get their 15 minutes of fame, then burn out like a fuse. But true artists hone & age their material like wine, and with time it becomes something personal, and most of all, original. I don't think I need to say which category Michael Gira falls under. This is a perfect example of what all artists should aspire to create; a statement of professional quality.
I am excited to see them next month, and I am even more excited to see what their next move is. It can only get better from here-on-out. "The Seer" is the most impressive release of this year. Hands down, 5/5.