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8. Swans — The Seer
Its two hours marked by finally finished pieces from over 30 years in post-punk, Swans' The Seer has the intimidating aura of a masterpiece. It is dark and brutal, but its scope is big enough to find space for cameos from Karen O., Low, and Akron/Family. It allows for changes in texture and tone that keep you from numbing. Where Scott Walker’s latest exposed the insular distance of a true recluse, Michael Gira’s End Times come with passing gusts of the unexpected warmth collaboration and community bring.
Key Track: "Song for a Warrior"