Did something recently that I haven’t done in about 20 years – I bought an LP. Yip, an honest to goodness vinyl record! And a damn fine one it is too. It’s by Godspeed You Black Emperor, was released 10 years ago and is IMHO one of the finest albums of recent times.
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven is a double album falling into the post-rock pigeon-hole. It is an extremely atmospheric instrumental album laced with spoken word samples and the overall package oozes both power and delicacy. Quiet passages build tension released by dramatic crescendo, followed by sparse space-filled sections where the wait between notes sometimes seems achingly long. An epic – more of an orchestral suite than something that could be described by a simple “rock” tag. I am blown away by each part of this album: Storm; Static; Sleep, and; Like Antennas To Heaven…
Go out and get a copy if you can. If you can’t then see if you can grab F# A# ∞, Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada or Yanqui U.X.O. (if you follow that last link you can listen online), GYBE’s other releases.
Thereafter, if you like the idea of pursuing an experimental course, you should check out the various incarnations of A Silver Mt. Zion.
For those who are wondering why I opted for the LP version of Lift Your Skinny Fists well, I owned the album in low quality MP3 format and fancied a high quality CD. I couldn’t find a CD copy that wasn’t hideously over-priced so I settled on the LP @ £9.99 from hmv.com. A wise choice, I feel, as the LP sounds at least as good as a CD – possibly even better 😉