Friday, 8 May 2015

Art of the Cover - Godspeed You! Black Emperor's "Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress" (2015)

Things sound bigger and bolder and more emotionally loaded, for whatever reason, when Godspeed’s music is playing. A lonely pigeon flying past your window can look like an ominous harbinger of doom, or like a symbol for collective hope, depending on what part of the album you’re at. With Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress, they’ve cut out some of the more atmospheric elements of their sound — the scratchy found-sound samples, the faraway ambient crackles. But they haven’t lost any of the primal force that makes them something more than a band. 
If it catches you at the right moment, this is music that can make you glad to be alive.

stereogum's  Album Of The Week review

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - those damn lovers of exclamation marks (like me) !!!!! - have released their sixth album.

Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, dropped this week via Constellation.

The wait for the new album was much shorter than we had to wait for their previous record, 2012’s mighty Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, which took just about a decade and made many the year-end top album lists.

Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress consists of epic tracks that the Canadian post-rockers have been playing on the road in a long-form piece known as “Behemoth” to fans.

01 Peasantry or “Light! Inside of Light!” 
02 Lambs’ Breath 
03 Asunder, Sweet 
04 Piss Crowns are Trebled

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