Swans are set to release a new album, featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O and Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low, on August 27.
The Seer, the new album from Michael Gira’s reunited New York noise-rock troupe, runs for around two hours, and also features guests including Mercury Rev’s Grasshopper, Akron/Family and “honorary Swan” Bill Rieflin.
Karen O sings lead vocal on “Song For A Warrior”, while Parker and Sparhawk feature as co-vocalists on opener “Lunacy”.
“The Seer took 30 years to make,” explains Gira. “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 album is the follow-up to 2010’s My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky, and is set to also be released as a special edition with a live DVD through Gira’s Young God label site.
The Seer’s tracklisting is:
“Mother Of The World”
“The Seer Returns”
“93 Ave. B Blues”
“The Daughter Brings The Water”
“Song For A Warrior”
“A Piece Of The Sky”
Picture credit: Owen Swenson