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Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. â€˜Asunder, Sweet And Other Distressâ€™ clocks in at a succinct 40 minutes and is arguably the most focused and best sounding recording of the bandâ€™s career.Â
â€œIf Godspeed around the turn of the millennium felt like a band of the moment, now, in a time of rapid cultural turnover and bite-sized music consumption, they feel out of step in a very necessary way.â€ â€“ PITCHFORK
â€œThis Montreal collective still sound like nothing elseâ€¦The Godspeed ethos of wordlessly eliciting universal truths remains as devastatingly effective as ever.â€ â€“ THE GUARDIAN
Working with sound engineer Greg Norman (Electrical Audio) at studios in North Carolina and MontrÃ©al, GYBE slowly and steadily put the new album together through late 2013 and 2014, emerging with a mighty slab of superlative sonics, shot through with all the bandâ€™s inimitable signposts and touchstones: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorchedearth transitions.
Following Godspeedâ€™s return from a long hiatus at the end of 2010 to begin playing live shows again, and with the hugely acclaimed â€˜Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! release in 2012 marking their first new release in a decade, the group continued to perform regularly on their own headlining tours (and as headliners at many leading festivals), often including a new multi-movement piece in concert over the past couple of years.
Known to fans and through live show recordings by the sobriquet â€œBehemothâ€, GYBE has gradually distilled this new work down to a fastidious and uncompromising essence in the studio, with the swing-time swagger of the opening unison riff in â€œPeasantry or â€˜Light! Inside of Light!â€™â€ giving way to increasing microtonal divergences and an exhilarating immersion in the harmonic power of massed amplified instruments, before collapsing into some of the most visceral and unalloyed noise/drone the band has yet committed to tape on â€œLambsâ€™ Breathâ€ and â€œAsunder, Sweetâ€.
The album closes with â€œPiss Crowns Are Trebledâ€, a 14-minute piece of vintage Godspeed, where ascending and descending guitar and violin melodies intertwine over gut-rattling distorted bass in 3/4 time, segueing into a pummeling four-on-the-floor series of sparkling, soaring crescendos.
â€˜Asunder, Sweet And Other Distressâ€™ finds Godspeed in top form; a sterling celebration of the bandâ€™s awesome dialectic, where composition, emotion and â€˜note-choiceâ€™ is inextricable from an exacting focus on tone, timbre, resonance and the sheer materiality of sound.
1. Peasantry or â€˜Light! Inside of Light!â€™
2. Lambs' Breath
3. Asunder, Sweet
4. Piss Crowns Are Trebled