Swans - The Seer
Powerfully beautiful and unprecedented album from Michael Gira's re-energised project
How do you describe an album like The Seer? No mere genre stamp, comparison or colourful metaphor would surely do this justice. However, we must try, so let’s start by saying Michael Gira and crew’s follow-up to 2010’s Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky exceeds its predecessor’s sonic vision and that’s saying something. Spread over two CDs, clocking in at just under two hours, this is a supreme achievement that, to quote Gira himself, ‘is the culmination of every previous Swans album, as well as any other music I’ve ever made, been involved in or imagined’. You’d expect any band that comes back from relative silence to strike when the iron’s hot, but this powerfully beautiful album is unprecedented.