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Extremely exciting news! It's onwards and upwards with the rebrand of Godspeed to God's Pee, the post-rock stalwarts here giving their frontman leave to make Pissing Stars. It's the second solo record from Efrim Manuel Menuck, following the meandering chamber stipulations of Plays High Gospel, and sees him writing a concept album about the romance of television presenter Mary Hat and son of an arms dealer Mohammed Khashoggi. Fans of Godspeed and their younger, more rebellious Silver Mt. Zion sibling take note.

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  • CST129LP / 180g vinyl LP on Constellation. Includes 12" x 18" art print poster
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Pissing Stars by Efrim Manuel Menuck
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 07 February 2018

After fully coming through on a long-term promise to deliver “a joyous noise” to a Godspeed You! Black Emperor record in the triumphant, communal, and all-loving ‘Luciferian Towers’, Montreal rock ‘n’ roller Efrim Manuel Menuck returns to the pits of doom. The newest solo offering from the GY!BE and Silver Mt. Zion band leader is a strange and dour hymnal, its concept focused around what he calls “the brief romance of american television presenter MARY HART and MOHAMMED KHASHOGGI, the son of a saudi arms dealer”. It is the kind of emotionally resonant record only he could pluck out of such circumstances, his nigh-on-high whine matching up with his neutral electronics in a way both devastating and indifferent.

Its opening drone of hummed harmonies and desperate electronics offers an overture longer than anything on the record, and while ‘Pissing Stars’ is at times that very same spectral and sombre void, Menuck seems to have realised a more narrative sound for his solo project. “The State and Its Love and Genocide” squeals with dissonance and disparate voices on its way to a subliminal but nonetheless immense climax. “The Lion-Daggers of Calais” is both tragic and terrifying, an overtly political message built into its minute moments of bass fanfare, its whirring, wobbling and near-melodic hopelessness.

One of my qualms with more recent Godspeed records has been the drones that accompanied the big hitters: they often felt like afterthoughts, or palate cleansers, but rarely grew into their own worlds. On ‘Luciferian Towers’, it felt as if Menuck and co. passionately addressed that, growing new ground out of a reprise with “Fam/Famine”. On ‘Pissing Stars’, Menuck’s ambient textures do so much: they growl and yearn, reproach and appeal, moving through noise and serenity like they’re borders to break down. There's even time for his biggest anthem yet, "A Lamb in the Land of Payday Loans", a slightly fragmented singalong with problems and parties alike. It comes together under the greyscale guise of the record as one more example of how far Menuck has come as, well, a songwriter.


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