Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O.
Label: Constellation – cst 024, Constellation – CST024-1
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: 04 Nov 2002
Style: Post Rock
B Rockets Fall On Rocket Falls
C Motherf+++ = Redeemer
D1 Motherf++er = Redeemer
Recorded At – Electrical Audio
Mixed At – Hotel2Tango
Artwork [Drew 3 Flying Kittens And The Hammer Of Hope] – Nadia Moss
Mastered By – John Loder, Steve Rooke
Mixed By – God's Pee, Howard Bilerman
Performer [Godspeed You!black Emperor ('98-'02)] – Aidan, Bruce, David, Efrim, Mauro, Norsola, Roger, Sophie, Thierry
Recorded By – Steve Albini
Recorded at Electrical Audio while autumn fell.
U.X.O. is unexploded ordinance is landmines is cluster bombs.
Made In Canada.
Divided in four parts (sides A to D) unlike the CD which has five tracks. CD's tracks 1 and 2 are both on side A.
Sides C and D share titles, but are not the same song. Often cited as 'part 1' and 'part 2'.
Side D (track 5 on CD) apparently features some extra material that is not on the CD: the beginning has two more ambient parts before the one that is in the beginning of the cd-version.
Track D2 contains silence.
Track D3 contains George W. Bush sampled and cut-up speech and applause.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (formerly punctuated Godspeed You Black Emperor! and commonly abbreviated to GYBE or GY!BE) is a Canadian post-rock band which originated from Montreal, Quebec in 1994. They were the first outside act to release their recordings through Constellation, an influential independent record label also located in Montreal.
After the release of their debut album in 1997, the group toured regularly from 1998 to 2002. In 2003, the band announced an indefinite hiatus in order for band members to pursue other musical interests. In the intervening period the group was occasionally rumored to have broken up, but the band finally reconvened for a tour in late 2010 and early 2011, and appeared at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
With their fourth release, "Yanqui U.X.O.," Godspeed You Black Emperor takes a step away from vastly thick soundcapes, creating here a more dense, menacing sound that seems to loom ever closer to the listener rather than expanding outward. It's a different direction than their last record, and it works.
This also marks the band's most overtly political record to date. Those who have followed the group know that have strong political opinions, firmly anti-corporate and left-leaning. Here the song titles, the dire nature of the sound (especially in the context of world events), and the liner notes make it clear the band wants to speak.
Yet this is instrumental music, and so, unlike when other bands decide they want to offer a message, listeners who are simply not interested will never find this increasing vocal stance intrusive. But it's there for the grabbing for those who want to know more or get involved.
Built upon layers of instrumentation by a band that is at times more than a dozen members strong, Godspeed You Black Emperor - Gybe for short - mix airy, noisy guitar with strings, sound collages, piano, chimes, and more. They take fairly simple musical themes and, using this vast array of sounds, build them up over a long period, morphing simple melodies until they metamorphosis into something wholly different. This isn't simply droning music. This is a journey.
One could liken Gybe records to soundtracks for films that have never been made. It's a description that works, because their routinely music conjures images. It's epic noise rock on a classical music scale.
But none of that does the sounds here justice. Trying to describe the music of Godspeed You Black Emperor is like trying to describe a dream. You can describe the instruments and how they go about their business, but until you hear it, you won't have a clear picture of what this band is all about.
Godspeed You Black Emperor is a superb band for those who enjoy lengthy songs, sprawling soundscapes and music you can sink into. It's a heady experience listening to this stuff. And it's worth it.
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