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The Seer

SWANS

The Seer

The Seer

SWANS

The Seer / album / 2xCD $ 18.00 out
The Seer / album / 2CD+DVD $ 23.00
The Seer / album / 3xLP $ 30.00
The Seer / album / MP3 $ 14.00
The Seer / album / FLAC $ 18.00
The Seer / album / WAV $ 18.00

Tracks - MP3 Digital Downloads

The Seer / track / FullAlbumOnly MP3 $ 0.99 out
Lunacy / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
Mother of the World / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
The Wolf / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
The Seer Returns / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
93 Ave. Blues / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
The Daughter Brings the Water / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
Song for a Warrior / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
Avatar / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
A Piece of the Sky / track / FullAlbumOnly MP3 $ 0.99 out
Apostate / track / FullAlbumOnly MP3 $ 0.99 out

Tracks - FLAC Digital Downloads

The Seer / track / FullAlbumOnly FLAC $ 1.29 out
Lunacy / track / FLAC $ 1.29
Mother of the World / track / FLAC $ 1.29
The Wolf / track / FLAC $ 1.29
The Seer Returns / track / FLAC $ 1.29
93 Ave. Blues / track / FLAC $ 1.29
The Daughter Brings the Water / track / FLAC $ 1.29
Song for a Warrior / track / FLAC $ 1.29
Avatar / track / FLAC $ 1.29
A Piece of the Sky / track / FullAlbumOnly FLAC $ 1.29 out
Apostate / track / FullAlbumOnly FLAC $ 1.29 out

Tracks - WAV Digital Downloads

The Seer / track / FullAlbumOnly WAV $ 1.29 out
Lunacy / track / WAV $ 1.29
Mother of the World / track / WAV $ 1.29
The Wolf / track / WAV $ 1.29
The Seer Returns / track / WAV $ 1.29
93 Ave. Blues / track / WAV $ 1.29
The Daughter Brings the Water / track / WAV $ 1.29
Song for a Warrior / track / WAV $ 1.29
Avatar / track / WAV $ 1.29
A Piece of the Sky / track / FullAlbumOnly WAV $ 1.29 out
Apostate / track / FullAlbumOnly WAV $ 1.29 out

-signed by M. Gira-

 

DVD DESCRIPTION

The Swans Seer DVD was recorded variously in the cities of Melbourne, Australia, Berlin, Germany, Brooklyn, NY, San Francisco, CA., LA, CA., and Torrance, California. The footage was filmed throughout the swans tour(s) of 2010/2011. The DVD captures swans at the peak of their creative/destructive potential. The film is a work in progress, and will ultimately result in a feature film / filmography of Swans.

DVD Credits

Directed, filmed and produced by Simon Henwood and Marco Porsia. Edited by Marco Porsia. Additional cameras: Rodney Ascher, Dan Knight, Phi Tidy, Alessandra Romeo.

A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA

“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!"

HOW THE SONGS CAME TO BE

The songs The Seer, Ave. B Blues, Avatar, and The Apostate were developed organically as a group in rehearsals and on tour. They morphed constantly throughout the last series of Swans tours, and were captured and lovingly adorned in the studio. The remaining songs on the album were developed from the ground up in the studio with the participation and input of all the contributing musicians, guided by an invisible hand...

Recorded at Studio P4 and Andere Baustelle in Berlin, by Kevin McMahon and at Marcata Studio, Gardiner, NY, by Kevin McMahon. Additional recording at Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY, engineer: Bryce Goggin. Mixed by Kevin McMahon at Marcata. Produced by Michael Gira.

FULL CREDITS

SWANS

Michael Gira

voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, casio, sounds

Norman Westberg

electric guitar, voice

Christoph Hahn

lap steel guitars; electric guitar, voice

Phil Puleo

drums, percussion, hammer dulcimer, voice

Thor Harris

drums, percussion, orchestral bells, hammer dulcimer, handmade violin thing, vibraphone, piano, clarinet, voice

Christopher Pravdica

bass guitar, voice, incredible handshake

Honorary Swan: Bill Rieflin

piano, organ, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, casio, synthesizer, bass guitar, voice, bird idea

SPECIAL GUESTS

Karen O

lead vocal on Song for a Warrior (Karen appears courtesy Interscope Records)

Al and Mimi of Low

co-vocals on Lunacy

Jarboe

backing vocals and voice collage on Piece of the Sky and backing vocals on The Seer Returns

Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton, Dana Janssen (Akron/Family)

backing vocals on Piece of the Sky

Caleb Mulkerin and Colleen Kinsella of Big Blood

accordion, vocals, dulcimer, guitar, piano and assorted other instruments on the Seer Returns

Sean Mackowiak (the grasshopper)

acoustic and electric mandolins, clarinet, various songs

Ben Frost

fire sounds (acoustic and synthetic) on Piece of the Sky

Iain Graham

bagpipes on The Seer

Bruce Lamont

horns on The Seer

Bob Rutman

steel cello on The Seer

Cassis Staudt

accordion various songs

Eszter Balint

violin, various songs

Jane Scarpatoni

cello various songs

Kevin McMahon

additional drums on the Seer Returns, electric guitar, sounds on various songs

Bryce Goggin

piano on Song for a Warrior

Stefan Rocke

contra bassoon on the Seer

Produced by Michael Gira. Recorded at Studio P4 and Andere Baustelle in Berlin, by Kevin McMahon, assistants Marco and Boris, and at Marcata Studio, Gardiner, NY, by Kevin McMahon. Additional recording at Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY, engineer: Bryce Goggin, assistant: Adam Sachs. Mixed by Kevin McMahon at Marcata. Mastered by Doug Henderson at Micro-Moose Berlin. Pre-mastering by Jamal Ruhe at West Westside Music.

Artwork: Paintings and Swans photo portraits by Simon Henwood.

The Seer / album / 2xCD $ 18.00 out
The Seer / album / 2CD+DVD $ 23.00
The Seer / album / 3xLP $ 30.00
The Seer / album / MP3 $ 14.00
The Seer / album / FLAC $ 18.00
The Seer / album / WAV $ 18.00

Tracks - MP3 Digital Downloads

The Seer / track / FullAlbumOnly MP3 $ 0.99 out
Lunacy / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
Mother of the World / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
The Wolf / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
The Seer Returns / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
93 Ave. Blues / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
The Daughter Brings the Water / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
Song for a Warrior / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
Avatar / track / MP3/320 $ 0.99
A Piece of the Sky / track / FullAlbumOnly MP3 $ 0.99 out
Apostate / track / FullAlbumOnly MP3 $ 0.99 out

Tracks - FLAC Digital Downloads

The Seer / track / FullAlbumOnly FLAC $ 1.29 out
Lunacy / track / FLAC $ 1.29
Mother of the World / track / FLAC $ 1.29
The Wolf / track / FLAC $ 1.29
The Seer Returns / track / FLAC $ 1.29
93 Ave. Blues / track / FLAC $ 1.29
The Daughter Brings the Water / track / FLAC $ 1.29
Song for a Warrior / track / FLAC $ 1.29
Avatar / track / FLAC $ 1.29
A Piece of the Sky / track / FullAlbumOnly FLAC $ 1.29 out
Apostate / track / FullAlbumOnly FLAC $ 1.29 out

Tracks - WAV Digital Downloads

The Seer / track / FullAlbumOnly WAV $ 1.29 out
Lunacy / track / WAV $ 1.29
Mother of the World / track / WAV $ 1.29
The Wolf / track / WAV $ 1.29
The Seer Returns / track / WAV $ 1.29
93 Ave. Blues / track / WAV $ 1.29
The Daughter Brings the Water / track / WAV $ 1.29
Song for a Warrior / track / WAV $ 1.29
Avatar / track / WAV $ 1.29
A Piece of the Sky / track / FullAlbumOnly WAV $ 1.29 out
Apostate / track / FullAlbumOnly WAV $ 1.29 out
Simon Henwood
Simon Henwood
Simon Henwood
Simon Henwood
Simon Henwood
Simon Henwood
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