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Swans detail new album: The Seer

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     Swans detail new album: The Seer

    Swans have revealed more details about their upcoming double album (and one of our more anticipated albums of the summer). The Seer spans 11 tracks, and will be released on August 28th via Michael Gira’s own imprint Young God.

    According to a press release (via The Quietus), the album features contributions from Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O, Low’s Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, Akron/Family, Ben Front, Mercury Rev’s Grasshopper, and former Swans member Jarboe (who provides backing vocals and “voice collage”). Even more impressive is the instrumentation utilized (and I quote): “acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, casio, sounds, lap steel guitars, hammer dulcimer, orchestral bells, ‘handmade violin thing’, vibraphone, piano, clarinet, bass guitar, voice, ‘incredible handshake’, organ, casio, synthesizer, voice, ‘bird idea…’, acoustic and electric mandolins, fire sounds (acoustic and synthetic), bagpipes, horns, steel cello, accordion, violin, various songs, and cello contra-bassoon.”

    Gira said in a statement, “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 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.”

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    Check out the album’s tracklist below, along with a teaser trailer for a DVD that comes included in the special edition of The Seer. Update: The band has also announced tour dates, which you can find mapped out below.

    The Seer Tracklist:
    01. Lunacy
    02. Mother of the World
    03. The Wolf
    04. The Seer
    05. The Seer Returns
    06. 93 Ave. B Blues
    07. The Daughter Brings the Water
    08. Song for a Warrior
    09. Avatar
    10. A Piece of the Sky
    11. The Apostate

    Swans 2012 Tour Dates:
    08/03 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain
    08/05 – Katowice, PL @ OFF! Festival
    08/09 – Sibenik, CR @ Terraneo Festival
    08/11 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
    09/06 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue *
    09/07 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
    09/08 – Portland, OR @ Hawthrone Theater *
    09/09 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Grand Ballroom *
    09/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Grand Ballroom *
    09/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box *
    09/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
    09/14 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa *
    09/15 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s *
    09/16 – Dallas, TX @ Trees *
    09/18 – Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM Performance Lab *
    09/19 – Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club *
    09/20 – Lincoln, NE @ Burbon Theatre *
    09/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fineline Music Cafe *
    09/22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall *
    09/24 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater *

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    * = w/ Xiu Xiu

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