Pitchfork has posted a documentary on Swans who are currently in the midst of a year's world touring celebrating the release of their second studio album since being reactivated in 2010- the 2 CD (2 hour long) The Seer
Oh man, this thing is a doozy. A merciless two hours of pummeling Glenn Branca-esque metal and desolate tumbleweed doom from the recharged alt-noise legends, spanning two CDs or three pieces of vinyl. The massive guest list could be a summer preview in itself: Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low, classic Swans sparring partner Jarboe, and the whole damn Akron/Family on background vocals.
Worth Noting: The sessions for The Seer were basically nonstop between October of 2011 and this March. As Gira told SPIN: "I'm a completely wrung-out wash cloth of a human being." Christopher Weingarten/Spin.com 6/26
Born in the New York post-punk squalor that mothered pals Sonic Youth, Swans make their grandest statement yet for their 30th birthday. There are muses old (vocalist Jarboe) and new (Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, singing the haunted folk prayer "Song for a Warrior"). But guitar noise is leader Michael Gira's reigning mistress: See the roaring 32-minute title track - a season in hell, and then some. Will Hermes/Rolling Stone 9/27