Music Review-The Swans-The Seer

Track List:
• Lunacy
• Mother of the World
• The Wolf
• The Seer
• The Seer Returns
• 93 Ave. B Blues
• The Daughter Brings the Water
• Song for a Warrior
• Avatar
• A Piece of the Sky
• The Apostate


Michael Gira – guitar, vocals
Christoph Hahn – guitar
Thor Harris – drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, keyboards
Chris Pravdica – bass guitar
Phil Puleo – drums, percussion, dulcimer
Norman Westberg – guitar

Review-The Swans are one of those bands like Bauhaus and Dead Can Dance for example that never seem to get their due in the music industry. This double cd is what Michael Gira (aka Mr. Swan himself) has been noted in a lot of interviews saying it took his whole 30 year career to compile from ideas and thoughts that were never used on any of the Swans other cds, and that this cd will be them magnified and intensified. I will be the first to say, this cd like anything The Swans have ever put on disc does not disappoint. Where bands like Sonic Youth have dropped their roots and went more commercial cd to cd to try and get an audience to embrace them and help them sell units, The Swans have done their damndest to stay obscure in their roots and never give a damn who listens or not, and just put out music that is true to both themselves and their fans. (Thurston Moore has played with The Swans in the past I know)This by far is The Swans most progressive cd to date and this cd cannot be classified as just another release. This is the release that Swans fans knew would be coming someday; I just hope this is not their swan song.

If we are going to talk about the songs let’s start with the title track, The Seer is 33 minutes long and is so beyond experimentation and into just pure insanity of all the sounds and instruments, that it sounds like the soundtrack to the end of the world. This track alone cements The Swans legacy as quite possibly one of music’s biggest hidden treasures. You Skinny Puppy fans who are waiting for the follow up to The Process and Too Dark Park, and keep buying the cds by them hoping, this cd could be what you been looking for. 93 Ave. Blues seems like the song Skinny Puppy fans have been begging Ogre to write and record for 2 decades. Musically the song is fucking brilliant and amazing, over a wash of drums, distorted guitars and any instrument that can be played and beaten to death.

The most diehard Swans fans are not going to see this cd coming. This is just a fucking brilliant cd that shows you can teach the old dog new tricks, and they will perfect those tricks almost immediately. This cd is quite frankly the reason why us Swans fans have held on to our idols and know Michael is still super talented and an amazing singer and musician. This is the soundtrack to a riot, and the message afterwards all in one. Swans fans do not walk out, rush out and buy this cd immediately. This is definitely going to be in my list of albums of the year. Great fucking band, great legacy and incredible cd-all hail The Swans.

9 out of 10