With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in new music that we think you should hear.
Hailing from Canada, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have had a turbulent career; with a long and indefinite hiatus of seven years slotted in between some of the most versatile and unique releases, the collective’s most recent return is a record that creates chaos within their detailed, juxtaposing layers of various instruments, genres and styles. Although their tracks contain no lyrics, there’s no denying that their music has a political agenda with the title, Luciferian Towers, recalling the tragic disaster of Grenfell. The band have never shied away from their left-wing politics as the notes coinciding with the project detailing the intentions behind it show, stating they’d like to see “an end to foreign invasions” as well as “an end to all borders”, not to mention the request from the artists to refuse any exports of this piece to Israel.
While album opener ‘Undoing a Luciferian Towers’ sets the tone with suggestive patriotic strings, the track develops into a dischordent weave of unworldly and unsettling sounds, with drones of harsh brass and more distortion eventually overtaking the soft sounds of strings and woodwind - somehow still sending out their intended message without verbalising it explicitly. Touching on psychedelic elements throughout the record - especially in track ‘Bosses Hang, Pt. II’ with the repetitive nature of their reverbed riffs - it may sound like an elaborate improvisation but it’s clear that the experimental band have truly thought out the structure and design of this project in its entirety.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor head to Bristol’s Motion on Monday 30th October, showcasing live renditions of their quirky and completely unique sound.
Image courtesy of Yannick Grandmont.