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LISTEN: Swans - The Seer
The Quietus , August 20th, 2012 12:12

Listen to the entirety of Swans' mighty new album

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As we've previously reported, Swans are set to release their new album and follow-up to 2010's My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky next week.

Entitled The Seer, it's a mighty continuation of a blistering run of current form that's found their live sets taking on a profound and overwhelming physicality (read Joseph Burnett's recent review of Swans at OFF Festival here), something further displayed with the release of their recent live album. It also features a veritable who's who of guest artists - they include Ben Frost, Karen O, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low, members of Akron/Family, Grasshopper from Mercury Rev and former Swans member Jarboe.

With The Seer set for release next week, they've now made the entire album available for your listening pleasure via a stream over at NPR. Click here to listen (you'll have to sit through an advert or two first).

The band are also playing a few dates in November, with Sir Richard Bishop in support - see below for tour dates.

15th - London, Koko
16th - Glasgow, The Arches
17th - Manchester, Sound Control

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Aug 20, 2012 1:56pm

That is, it's safe to say, an absolute stonker. In all the best ways it's a step onwards from "My Father..." in all the places it needed to be. Sleeker, heavier, more cohesive and just far more....listenable. It feels nothing like 2hours long and that's the biggest compliment you can pay to a double album with the epic tracks it has. Brilliant. Quite quite brilliant.

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Aug 20, 2012 3:43pm

Swans just keep on getting better and better. I agree with everything Carpathian says. I thought 'My Father...' was excellent, but this outstrips it in every way possible...

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Aug 20, 2012 5:15pm

Jarboe's back :) I assume her new album will be covered with as much attention from thequietus? I want to hear the seer on vinyl

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