Godspeed You! Black Emperor


Constellation • 2021

Also with their seventh album »G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END« Godspeed You! Black Emperor continue to puzzle. After just over fifty minutes of playtime, however, the most pressing question might be: Where did the Canadians once again find this energy here, which was most recently evident on their masterpiece »Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!« from 2000. Sure, the following albums all had their moments, but lately a lot got lost in atmospheric drones. Now melodies carry the compositions again and also the samples of voices are back. So when the press text announces that these four tracks are now the rowest and most loaded songs in a long time – I can only agree. For every single second of this masterpiece. When after just under two minutes in »GOVERNMENT CAME« the guitar comes in, the entire room electrifies. Only the violins dissolve all the tension again and carry the attention with the drums away into the distance. Everything quakes and seethes, explodes and implodes in equal measure. Each song a new expansion of consciousness. And with every listen even more intense, even more insistent. Also because the band from Montréal no longer shies away from pathos, from these great moments, as they perhaps did here and there on previous albums. »G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END« is like all albums of the Canadians again designed as a large piece, where the individual parts can not be considered alone at all. And since a long time this is not easy to do with an album of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, because everything meshes, fits together, works. If you thought instrumental rock couldn’t get any better this year after Mogwai’s new record, you’d be wrong. This album marks the return of a band to its extroverted sound, to its anger and its dynamism, to its voices. Lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven! This is the soundtrack for that time. Nothing is the same after these four songs.

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