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Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada E.P. CD (album) cover


Godspeed You! Black Emperor


Post Rock/Math rock

4.44 | 194 ratings

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5 stars There are not many EPs out there that you can actually call a masterpiece because of the time constraints put on them. However, this EP is a masterpiece. You can even ask one of my co- workers that the first day after I heard this album, I told him it was a masterpiece. It is a beautiful combination of guitars and strings and percussion with some spoken word thrown in on the second track. And I can tell you firsthand, that it sounds even better on vinyl. I own the vinyl of this recording and it is definately unique in many ways, but one of the strangest things here is the side with "Moya" on is played at 45 rpm, and the other side (entitled bbf3 on the vinyl edition) is played at 33 rpm.

Listening to this record (and also to many GY!BE albums) I am reminded of Ravel's Bolero. Bolero is to be played by an orchestra with no single player standing out throughout the entire piece. It builds to a beautiful climax by the end of the piece. The best way to perform this piece is each individual has to stay right in time, each person working as a whole and not as individuals. With a constant crescendo, it is so hard to stay in rhythm because the natural tendency is to play faster as it gets louder. Believe me, it is not easy to get everyone working on the same level, but when you do, this classical work is amazingly lovely. This is exactly the way this album plays out on both compositions, especially "Moya". No one person stands out as far as performance, these works are to elevate the band, not a single individual. That is the beauty and uniqueness of this music. This music is best when you can concentrate on what is going on and that is hard to do while you are driving, so listen to it at home somewhere where you can't be interrupted to get the full effect. Both tracks are unique and lovely. I am quite partial to second track however, and prefer it over the first, but both of them are simply lovely. Listen to this and let it carry you away.

TCat | 5/5 |


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