180g LP audiophile pressing includes art poster + dl. CD in gatefold paperboard jacket.
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is the first definitive document of the band's newfound sound and style as a quintet. It’s also their first single LP-length work since the band’s debut record as a trio almost 15 years ago, and features roadtested pummeling rock-outs “Fuck Off Get Free (For The Island Of Montréal)”, “Take Away These Early Grave Blues” and “What We Loved Was Not Enough” alongside the previously unheard lullabyes/minuets “Little Ones Run” and “Rains Thru The Roof At Thee Grande Ballroom (For Capital Steeze)” and the album centerpiece “Austerity Blues” with its closing lyric “Lord let my son live long enough to see that mountain torn down” sung in varying incarnations throughout the second half of this 14-minute epic. This lyric in many ways encapsulates Menuck's unflinching take on a world replete with shabbiness, greed and injustice, seen through the lens of parenthood, mortality, endurance and defiance.
Vinyl LP £18.99 CST099LP
180g vinyl LP + poster on Constellation.
CD £11.99 CST099CD
CD on Constellation.
Formed by most of the key players in Godspeed You! Black Emperor ie. Efrim Menuck, Thierry Amar and Sophie Trudeau, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra have been creating music in one form or another for over 15 years now so this album is the culmination of a lot of hard work as a band and as general artists.
After the GYBE comeback a few years ago it seems that all guns are blazing over there in sunny Montreal, with a blinding mixture of sounds ranging from punk, chamber-pop, orchestral rock and folk this latest album is extremely busy sounding, there are little moments of GYBE of old in there from time to time but for me this will probably take a few listens before I can really pin it down, full of political ramblings and shambling orchestration.
It’s a little hard to swallow on this Thursday afternoon but it still leaves me wanting to delve deeper into it’s structure, like any of the Godspeed associated acts you can’t go diving into their records with a light hearted approach, be prepared for the long haul.
9/10 Ben Norbury 2nd April 2014
Long titles... long songs...obscure anarcho-romantick vision of love and revolution... The whole thing stands on the edge of sliding into woeful self parody, but luckily there's enough genuine musicianship here to save it all. This is probably the first Zion album where the strings have integrated fully with Efrim's guitar playing and sit at the heart of the impassioned riffs, which are heavier than anything they've previously recorded. This muscle frames some rousing songwriting and (unusually) reasonably competent singing. That said, the gentler moments are probably the best; the highlight is 'What we loved was not enough', an eleven minute apocalyptic waltz through a future war that will cause pennies to rot, bridges to snap and children to die (as it must in the post-godspeed age). The lyrics are powerful, and like the rest of the album, a little messy and overbearing, but its hard not to buy into the vision when it is presented with such sincerity and recorded with almost desperate vitality. If you'd dare to call this a post-rock album, Mt Zion would probably personally come and knock you out with a copy of Das Kapital, but the sensibility remains the same as in their earlier, more sensitive years. They may have chosen to follow a heavier route, but they still end up on the hopeful side of protest, and thank god for that.
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