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HORSES IN THE SKY

A Silver Mt. Zion

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.87 | 83 ratings

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killias2
4 stars Honestly, I can't imagine how this album is getting such low reviews.

This album, representing the newest effort by seasoned post-rockers A Silver Mt. Zion, contains long, beautiful, shifting arrangements, while having the bollocks to attempt vocals in a usually vocal-less genre. I will agree that the singer's voice is not technically amazing, but that does not seem to be the point: the vocals succeed in complimenting the music well. Just as free jazz contains strange and, often, unsettling, combinations of notes and sounds in order to establish a strong united effect, A Silver Mt. Zion combines its desperate, almost mad, vocals with beautiful, melancholic arrangements. If Horses in the Sky was a painting, I can almost imagine the instrumental musings to represent a shattered wasteland, a sketch of some sort of World War I 'no man's land,' devoid of life and innocence. The vocals, however, represent a lone human presence in said wasteland. Often, this human can't help but break down in the presence of such savagery, but, in the end, its this human that provides the sole hope, the sole light.

"When the world is sick, can no one be well... but I dreamt we was all beautiful and strong."

Nonetheless, some of the tracks certainly lack the strength of the luminescent first track and the equally impressive third and forth tracks. Track two, in particular, has little that will entrap potential listeners. Overall, however, this is an amazing album that all post- rock fans, and, potentially, all prog-rock fans should enjoy.

| 4/5 |

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