Godspeed You Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! 2012 Post Rock LP + 7"
Godspeed You Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
All Media, Album
Pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl at Optimal (Germany) and comes in a tipped-on heavyweight gatefold jacket printed in full-color process plus a spot metallic ink and spot matte varnish. LP dust sleeve is also 4-color print. Package includes a 7" in printed dust sleeve (same audio appears in a different sequence on the CD) and a 12"x48" pull-out poster (printed full-color on both sides) featuring a collage of film stills specially-photographed and captured from the GYBE live 16mm projections.
Released: 15 Oct 2012
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style Post Rock, Drone
B We Drift Like Worried Fire
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
C Their Helicopters' Sing
D Strung Like Lights At Thee Printemps Erable
Recorded At Hotel2Tango
Mixed At The Pines
Mastered At Grey Market Mastering
Lacquer Cut At Optimal Media Production
Artwork [All Other Images By] Bryant*, Menuck*, Lemieux*
Artwork [Burnt 16mm Frames By] Karl Lemieux
Bass Guitar Mauro Pezzente
Drums Aidan Girt
Drums, Vibraphone, Marimba, Glockenspiel Bruce Cawdron
Electric Bass, Contrabass [Contrebasse], Cello Thierry Amar
Electric Guitar Michael Moya*
Electric Guitar, Dulcimer, Keyboards [Portasound], Kemenche [Kemençe] David Bryant
Electric Guitar, Hurdy Gurdy Efrim Manuel Menuck*
Film Director [16-mm Film Projections] Karl Lemieux
Lacquer Cut By HL (2)
Mastered By [Uncredited] Harris Newman
Mixed By Bryant* (tracks: C, D), Menuck* (tracks: C, D), Moya* (tracks: C, D), Amar* (tracks: C, D)
Photography By ["Atonal Canada" Photo] Timothy Herzog
Photography By [Burnt 16mm Frames Re-photographed By] Mr. Yannick Grandmont*
Photography By [Front Cover Photo] Charles-André Coderre
Recorded By Howard Bilerman (tracks: A, B)
Violin, Keyboards [Sk5] Sophie Trudeau
The release includes a download code card to be used from 15th October 2012.
The YouTube video referenced in the runout groove of side D is "Once Upon a Time in Athens: The Legend of the Riot Dog", showing various photos of Loukanikos, a stray dog that was present at many protests in Greece around 2010.
Sides A and B were recorded at Hotel2Tango. Tracks C and D recorded in concrete jamspace, mixed at the pines. All of it mastered at Greymarket.
I'll keep this one brief, to me Godspeed You! Black Emperor are the daddies of post-rock, they are absolute masters of building atmosphere and when they let rip it sounds like your very own personal apocalypse is blasting out of your headphones. Sinister strings, dread infused samples, evil sounding guitar tones - what more could you want from a symphonic instrumental rock act?
Ok, so even if you consider the two drone pieces included here as merely pleasant diversions the two meaty 20 minute plus compositions are all-conquering thundering behemoths of noise. I still can't decide which is my favourite of the two - 'Mladic' sports Middle Eastern riffs so ferocious in their execution they sound like they were written to snake charm Nessie while the last 8 and a half minutes of 'We Drift Like Worried Fire' might just be the band's best ever recorded moment, a truly astounding mix of military drums, eerily squealing guitar noises, soaring strings and ecstatic riffing.
It would have been a travesty if these songs had never been put down on tape and I'm so pleased the band got back into the studio after over ten years away to deliver the Godspeed goods. Go get.
Godspeed You Black Emperor - Mladic
Trezzo Milano 27JAN11
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Godspeed You Black Emperor - We Drift Like Worried Fire
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Godspeed You Black Emperor - Strung Like Lights At Thee Printemps Erable
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|Format||LP, 7", 180 Gram|