Of course everyone knows this came out yesterday, as Swans are, like mine, your favourite band ever, correct? Well this album also throws up another pro-FLAC digital download argument. To qoute Mr Gira himself:
Paradoxically, the best way to listen to this from beginning to end is digitally because then there's no breaks in it. Even on CD, it's two CDs. It's a strange thing because I'm not a big fan of digitized iTunes experiences. But I think the best way is if somebody can get high-quality files from the music they buy, I emphasize, then listen to the entire album through their computer in a stereo system, or something like that. ~ blogs.browardpalmbeach.comAn album being defined in length by the storage capacity of a music CD (~80mins) is redundant when distributing it via a digital download format. The Seer (which is amazing, btw) is 120 mins in length and, as Michael Gira suggests, is best listened to in one uninterrupted experience in as high fidelity as is possible. This means FLAC. Even if you buy the CD, the best way to then listen to it would be to rip it to FLAC and play the whole album as one piece via a computer.
Something to consider... also, buy The Seer, obviously: http://boomkat.com/downloads/565260-swans-the-seer