SwansThe Seer

Label:Young God Records – YG45
3 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Experimental, Noise Rock


Guest [Special Guest], Vocals [Co-vocals]Al Of Low*, Mimi Of Low*
A2The Apostate Pt. 113:18
B1The Apostate Pt. 29:36
B2A Piece Of The Sky Pt 1.
Guest [Special Guest], Backing VocalsDana Janssen, Miles Seaton, Seth Olinsky
Guest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals, Voice [Voice Collage]Jarboe
Guest [Special Guest], Sounds [Fire Sounds (Acoustic And Synthetic)]Ben Frost
C1A Piece Of The Sky Pt 2.
Guest [Special Guest], Backing VocalsDana Janssen, Miles Seaton, Seth Olinsky
Guest [Special Guest], Backing Vocals, Voice [Voice Collage]Jarboe
Guest [Special Guest], Sounds [Fire Sounds (Acoustic And Synthetic)]Ben Frost
C293 Ave. B Blues5:22
C3The Daughter Brings The Water2:33
C4Song For A Warrior
Guest [Special Guest], Lead Vocals [Lead Vocal]Karen O
Guest [Special Guest], PianoBryce Goggin
D1Mother Of The World9:59
E1The Wolf1:35
E2The Seer Pt. 1
Guest [Special Guest], BagpipesIain Graham
Guest [Special Guest], Cello [Steel Cello]Bob Rutman*
Guest [Special Guest], Contrabassoon [Contra Bassoon]Stefan Rocke
Guest [Special Guest], HornsBruce Lamont
F1The Seer Pt. 2
Guest [Special Guest], BagpipesIain Graham
Guest [Special Guest], Cello [Steel Cello]Bob Rutman*
Guest [Special Guest], Contrabassoon [Contra Bassoon]Stefan Rocke
Guest [Special Guest], HornsBruce Lamont
F2The Seer Returns
Guest [Special Guest], Accordion, Vocals, Dulcimer, Guitar, Piano, Instruments [Assorted Other Instruments]Caleb Mulkerin, Colleen Kinsella
Guest [Special Guest], Backing VocalsJarboe
Guest [Special Guest], Drums [Additional Drums]Kevin McMahon (2)
Guest [Special Guest], Harp [Jews Harp]Shon Mahoney

Companies, etc.


  • Art Direction, DesignM.Gira*
  • Artwork, Painting [Paintings], Photography By [Swans Photo Portraits]Simon Henwood
  • BookingTodd Cote
  • 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
  • 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
  • Public Relations [Publicity]Howlin' Wuelf Media
  • Recorded ByKevin McMahon (2)
  • Recorded By [Assistants]Boris*, Marco*
  • Words By, Music ByM.Gira*


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

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 by Kevin McMahon at Studio P4 and Andere Baustelle in Berlin (assistants Marco and Boris), and at Marcata Studio, Gardiner, NY.
Additional Recording at Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY (engineer Bryce Goggin, assistant Adam Sachs).
Mixed at Marcata.
Mastered at Micro-Moose Berlin.
Pre-Mastering at West Side Music.
Layout at Revolver.
Booking: [email protected]
Publicity: [email protected]
This album is dedicated to Simon Henwood.
Additional credits are provided on this release for the DVD component of the Special Edition.

Lacquer cutting company uncredited, identified by the stamped matrix name in the runout area.
Mastering plant "RTI" uncredited, identified by the etched 2-step matrix number scheme in the runout area.

Hype sticker:
An unfolding cosmic heave of bliss,
love, blood, and light. Technicolor
sonic cinema for true seekers of
oblivion through sound...
Special guests include: Jarboe,
Al and Mimi of Low, Karen O, Akron/
Family, Big Blood, and many more...
Includes free deluxe poster and download card

Track B2 incorrectly titled "A Piece Of The Sky Pt 1." on rear artwork and vinyl label. If consistent with the rest of the tracklist, it would be "A Piece Of The Sky Pt. 1".
Track C1 incorrectly titled "A Piece Of The Sky Pt 2." on rear artwork and vinyl label. If consistent with the rest of the tracklist, it would be "A Piece Of The Sky Pt. 2".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 658457004517
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, etched): YG 45 - SIDE ONE 20572.1(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

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  • blazinbluebacon's avatar
    Apostate and piece of the sky could each easily fit on one side of vinyl. Sorta seems like quite a bit is compromising (a pretty good tracklist and some tracks getting split) just to have these songs on vinyl
    • Fotis-N.'s avatar
      The Seer is great, but if Gira could approach his material with a less is more attitude, it could have been a masterpiece//
      • Maldoror_23's avatar
        Edited 6 months ago
        I got 2 of record 3 (sides 5 & 6). is there someone out there that there that needs to swap? Missing record 2(sides 3 & 4)
        • Boccace's avatar
          my second record has the same label (side four) on each side but the vinyl has all the songs from side three and four, the other two vinyls have the correct labels. I don't mind, I put a little sticker on the side three label otherwise the vinyls are almost perfect
          • WeenieHutJr1's avatar
            Honestly great pressing. Sure the setup is better in the CD but I don't mind the tracklisting in the vinyl version really. Best Swans album ever
            • ckdelay's avatar
              This is a great pressing, but honestly this is an album it's better to listen to on CD. On the CD the track listing is the original way M Gira wanted it, the songs are complete, and of course the sound is still stellar (virtually everything today is digitally recorded, so the argument that the vinyl is more faithful to the original recording isn't applicable here). But if you don't mind the weird song order and songs chopped in half, this pressing, like all the other recent Swans albums, is really good.
              • Korn_fan_6671's avatar
                I defiantly was a bit put off by the out of order tracks at first and it led me to not picking this one up for a while, but I'm glad i did, vinyl is really clean and sounds amazing (as to be expected of most YGR pressings). And while there is some debate about the mixed up track listing, i dont think it effects the listening experience as much as some led on, and i do appreciate the length they went to to get it on vinyl.
                • shiroish's avatar
                  I'm not sure how I feel about the track layout on this version. While the cuts are often strategically placed during the longer songs, the longer songs are usually split in half, which can be jarring when you are in the mood of the song. Overall the pressing is excellent, there are no problems with surface noise or off center pressings.
                  • mortauxvaches's avatar
                    Definitely a long shot, but just got to my copy after almost three years since I bought it and I have no disc 1, disc 2 twice, and disc 3 once. maybe someone out there has disc 1 twice and no disc 2? Get in touch
                    • joeyms16's avatar
                      it sounds pretty good, clean it before you listen though, there were a couple small pops on my first play. jacket feels sturdy, inner sleeves are clear plastic. the track splitting is a bit annoying but it doesn't ruin it, still a great album.

                      does anyone know if there was a new young god pressing in 2020? i picked this up today from my local record store, which I've never seen this album at before, and it's back in stock on young god's website as well.


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