Swans ‎– The Seer

On August 28, 2012, Swans released The Seer, a double-album running 2 hours in length. Frontman Michael Gira described the album as taking "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." Describing the songwriting process, Gira said, "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."


Lunacy 6:09
Mother Of The World 9:57
The Wolf 1:35
The Seer 32:14
The Seer Returns 6:18
93 Ave. B Blues 5:22
The Daughter Brings The Water 2:41
Song For A Warrior 3:58
Avatar 8:52
A Piece Of The Sky 19:10
The Apostate 23:01

Versions (10)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version
none Swans The Seer(11xFile, MP3, Album, VBR) Young God Records none 2012
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album + DVD + S/Edition) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album, Promo) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version
YG45 Swans The Seer(3xLP, Album) Young God Records YG45 US 2012 Sell This Version
YG45, STRUMM 363 Swans The Seer(3xLP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Young God Records, Mute YG45, STRUMM 363 UK 2012 Sell This Version
LCDSTUMM363 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album + DVD) Mute LCDSTUMM363 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
CDSTUMM363, YG45CD Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album, RE) Mute, Young God Records CDSTUMM363, YG45CD Europe 2014 Sell This Version
YG45, STUMM363 Swans The Seer(3xLP, Album, RE) Young God Records, Mute YG45, STUMM363 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
YG45 Swans The Seer(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Young God Records (2) YG45 Russia Unknown Sell This Version


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January 26, 2017
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
Bought it from amazon and I have 2 x disc 3 and no disc 2...


July 16, 2016
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
I just bought a copy of this, and it has no download card. Has anyone else gotten a copy like this?


July 6, 2016
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
Just bought this a couple weeks ago. Great pressing, and a better tracklist than the digital version.


December 30, 2014
referencing The Seer, 2xCD, Album, YG45
This album is HARD. Which is why it's awesome.


November 7, 2014
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45

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.


June 5, 2014
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
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.


May 18, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
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


November 17, 2013
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45
How does this album sound on vinyl?


June 13, 2013
referencing The Seer, 3xLP, Album, YG45

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


April 28, 2013
referencing The Seer, 2xCD, Album, YG45

for music fans willing to go to the dark side... it's time to take on Swan's magnus opus from 2012:: "The Seer"... also my fave album of the past 5-10 years... well the best album i can recall since Ben Frost's 2006 LP "Theory Of Machines"... then hearing parts of "The Seer" live at ATP Melbourne 2013 was one of the most amazing live performances ive witnessed from a band... it's the only time ive watched a live gig and felt like i was insane to some level, not to mention that i felt totally off my head / wasted, yet i was totally straight... the only thing i can compare it to is watching Kubrick's "The Shining" for the first time, where i came out with the insanity of Jack brooding inside me...

the best way i can describe the sound they have molded over the decades till this pinnacle album's inception is like walking towards the gates of hell, one step at a time, with your skin being burnt and ripped off... but still willing to keep walking forward... tho it's not just pure evil tension, u get rewarded with a cool down periods, mid tempo deep & funky stuff, straight charging aggressive rock or beautiful vocals and arrangements that make u want to cry... but all set in a minimalistic structure, where each element of each track flows and slowly progresses, taking you through so many emotional states... fkn next level...

CD1 will give you the drift, but if u can get past the epic 32min s/t piece "The Seer", you are already on yr way to listen to one of the most amazing albums ever created... cause by the time u get to CD2, uv alrdy been on such a journey, that you're quite gob smacked... it took me about 5 listens to finally get through the whole album cause it's so FUCKING DENSE... yet so balanced... a perfect balance between darkness and light...

over 2CD's this is one album that instantly became my uncontested album of 2012 upon release... tho i havent listened to it many times all the way through with total concentration... cause i get stuck on so many moments throughout the double album, i want to keep going back before going forward... and if you do totally lock in, like ive done on a few occasions at home, or live at ATP, i was absolutely destroyed and emotionally torn... cause ive been taken thru the gates of hell, but when you finally work your way through the intricate nooks of the furnace, you come out feeling enlightened...