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F# A# ∞

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

 

Post Rock/Math rock

4.09 | 424 ratings

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sgtpepper
4 stars Very enigmatic and different music from other post-rock acts of that time. Dark and intimate soundscapes building up in cresciendo. The sound of guitar even if calm sounds desolate or mourning to me. Monologues contribute to its sinister mood. Calming violin is not virtuoso one but adds to mournful atmosphere. The first track "The dead fag blues" has a quiet first part and OK monologue but it is the second half with drums that contains the trademark post-rock guitar and grandiose wall of sound. Involving banjo in the last country-like section turns the composition into happier landscape.

"East Hastings" starts with a great exotic and nervous sounding excursion into a developing 3-rd country market. Slowly a perfect dark motive played by guitar creeps in and thanks to violin or cello, it feels like wind is blowing in the background. Cello takes over a simple lead. The climax is reached with drums emerging and accelerating into a fast marching rockin train. The rest of the composition is experimental about soundscapes and not too memorable.

"Providence" has a majestic violin and drums walking and a very intensive end with loud guitar and drums.

A wonderful and unique piece of music but there isn't so much packed in as some may expect for 63 minutes.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |

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