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Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra: Fuck Off Get Free We PourLight On Everything

11.1.14

SMZ triumphantly return four years after Kollaps Tradixionales. It’s getting even clearer now why for all those years, the group’s members seemed a bit skeptical and avoided to use the terms “post rock” to describe what they do with their music. Their immediate connection to Godspeed You! Black Emperor will always be there to refer to and to not fairly place them in that bottomless pit of countless post rock bands that most of have come out from every possible direction since the 90s. Not many of those bands though could in any way relate to the mighty punk rock ethos and aesthetics. SMZ definitely can and so for this one they did as they promised: a new record of heavier and more direct sound.

There’s a deep sorrowful feeling all over the album’s fifty minutes. Whether the structures are simple or complex, acoustic or electric that feeling is always present, constant and really intense. Not a hint of pretentiousness in those fifty minutes. It’s all honest. It has to be honest, otherwise it would be a mess. The aftertaste is not bitter though. Melancholy goes side to side with hope, throughout the whole duration of experiencing the contents of this album. Hope, as there’s hope in the post Apocalypse, at the moment one copes with his own mortality, as he wakes up covered in debris, as a single beam of light comes out through the dark grey skies. Hope as in the phrase “Lord let my son live long enough to see that mountain torn down”, sung in every imaginable way.

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Out on January 21st from Constellation

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