Godspeed You! Black Emperor returns with another soundtrack for our times, like only this inimitable and venerable ensemble can forge. As the heretical impudence of the anarcho-punk title implies, Godspeed harnesses some particularly raw power, spittle and grit across two riveting 20-minute long trajectories of noise-drenched widescreen post-rock: inexorable chug blossoms into blown-out twang, as some of the band’s most soaring, searing melodies ricochet and converge amidst violin and bassline counterpoint. Field recordings and roiling semi-improvised passages frame these fervent epics, and two shorter pieces on the included 10″ find the band at its most devastatingly haunting and elegiac. Poignant atmospherics, noise-drenched orchestration, drones, hypnotic swingtime crescendos, inexorably-layers of distorted clarion sound: ‘G_d’s Pee At State’s End’ encapsulates every beloved facet
of the band.
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