A rather short post this evening due to a very long day at work and not enough time to write anything longer than a few paragraphs. But I wanted to post up this slice of music because after having hunted high and low for somewhere that actually had any Godspeed You Black Emperor CDs in stock, I finally found one. A single, solitary CD. But it’s a cracking one. And so I had to pop one of the tracks up here for you to take a listen to because it’s on Soundlcoud anyway so it’s easy to post.
It’s from their first EP, Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada which was released way back in 1999. I don’t know what the title means either but the front cover is Hebrew, which in transliterated form is, ‘Tohu va bohu’ meaning, ‘formless and empty’. Which is somewhat ironic as the music is anything but – it follows a rather predictable (post rock or whatever category you wish to place bands like this in) template of very quiet, building to loud then on to very, very loud and finally (of course) back to very quiet – almost a whisper. So there’s the form.
But it’s not empty either because whilst the sonic signature is all too predictable it’s still a burning, haunting and powerful piece of music.
If you can find anyone who stocks all their music – buy it. And let me know where you found it will you…