you black emperor!
After two tireless years of touring and near-unanimous critical acclaim, Godspeed You Black Emperor! have assembled a collection of new recordings that chart the creative evolution of the band as well as its physical movements and displacements.
Five expansive full-band compositions are framed by various field recordings, tape manipulations and ensemble pieces in a return to the sonic collage techniques that structured f#a#oo, their 1997/1998 debut. Four seamless sides of vinyl unfold a world of aching, agonising sadness and beauty, with musical quotes ranging from heartland americana to mitteleuropa foldways, all distilled through the unique sonic filters of Gopdspeed's orchestral rock instrumentation; harrowing guitars, plaintive strings, pulsing basses and explosive drums combine with glockenspiels, horns and tape drones to form an overwhelming attention to dynamics and detail.
Levez contains Godspeed's most nuanced music to date; the melodies that invocations of despair, confusion and injustice, while also summoning a fleeting, momentary state of redemption and freedom.
Godspeed continues to paint on an impossibly large canvas, with and uncanny blend of world-weariness and naive exuberance that speaks volumes about the conflicts between humility and hubris is as finely wrought as any grand, hopeless gesture could expect to be. Godspeed You Black Emperor! continue to conjure the epic scope of emotion with a faith that such sweeping gestures might survive with some semblance of substance, despite the myriad levels of mediation that invariably assault them along the way. If this record can still create a clearing for itself, and breathe with a degree of the life that went into its making, Godspeed may yet topple a buiding or two. Don't believe the hype. Freedom can be achieved.
Einige deutsche Pressquotes zum Debüt-Album "f#a#oo":
"Platte des Jahres. Platte des Jahrtausends. Drunter läuft nichts. Bedingung: LAUTstärke - ihre Regulierung." - Spex `Nov.98
"Eine ziemlich verrückte Platte. Ganz so, wie der Name es verspricht" - Zillo Dez `98 "So schön kann die Apokalypse klingen." - Frankfurter Rundschau Dez.'98
"Ihre einzigartige Form der entrückten Collagen-Musik ähnelt einem symphonischen Endzeit-Soundtrack ohne Film und Happy-End." - Stadtrevue Dez ´98
"Grandioser Klang-Trip" - Hamburger Morgenpost Dez.`98
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