Not content with simply offering a live album from their recent not-quite-a-reunion shows, Swans have printed up 1,000 woodblock-sheathed copies of their new double disc We Rose From Your Bed With the Sun In Our Head as part of a Kickstarter-like project for the band’s next studio album, The Seer.
Here’s an abridged breakdown, straight from the mouth of Michael Gira himself:
Speaking of the packaging, the cover image is a drawing by myself that was expertly converted to woodblock, and then printed and numbered by my good friend Nicole Boitos. She also was kind enough to number them, 1 through 1000. I suppose if I weren’t perpetually holed up in the studio working on the new studio album, I would have printed them etc myself, but definitely the result would have been the smeared mess of a dim-witted 3 year old by comparison. Thanks to Nicole for doing such an expert job! But, I indeed served my time in the end. After receiving the finished prints I assembled the final package personally, signed each one, as well as did some additional coloration on each one (see pictures on this page). This is a labor of love. Or labor, anyway!”
Check out more photos of this project below, and head to Young God’s official site for more details on how you can score everything from an executive producer credit on The Seer to a “simple, short, original song, acoustic guitar and voice, with customers’ name in the song, praising the customer.” Yes, really.