Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress [LP]

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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. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress'
clocks in at a succinct 40 minutes and is arguably the most focused and bestsounding
recording of the band's career. Working with sound engineer Greg
Norman (Electrical Audio) at studios in North Carolina and Montr?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 band's inimitable
signposts and touchstones: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating
overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorchedearth

Following Godspeed's return from a long hiatus at the end of 2010 to begin playing
live shows again, and with the hugely acclaimed '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
''Behemoth'', 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 ''Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!''' 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 ''Lambs' Breath'' and
''Asunder, Sweet''. The album closes with ''Piss Crowns Are Trebled'', 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.

'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' finds Godspeed in top form; a sterling
celebration of the band's awesome dialectic, where composition, emotion and
'note-choice' is inextricable from an exacting focus on tone, timbre, resonance and
the sheer materiality of sound. The album is available on 180 gram vinyl in a
gatefold jacket with printed inner dust sleeve and insert poster. Thanks for listening.


1 Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'
2 Lambs' Breath
3 Asunder, Sweet
4 Piss Crowns Are Trebled

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