GY!BE – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. Music from the muse. (Music Review)
I had a glorious time reviewing Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, the latest offering from Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
One of my favorite musical experiences of 2015 so far.
Check it out over at The Essential:
Since the 2012 release of Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend, Efrim Menuck has come out as an anarchist, which is a little like Liberace finally telling everyone he’s gay. It was fitting that Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! timed its much anticipated release with the Occupy Wall Street movement, as the first recorded statement the band had made since 2002. The album was pure historical transition, bringing together GY!BE past and present into a typically profound and circuitous orgy of awareness of all that GY!BE is. It turns out that in the otherworld where karma and the gods rule, time means nothing and Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! was able to close the ten year gap with a timeless comment that consistency can exist when unfashionable integrity and a deep throbbing passion are allowed to reign supreme. It’s all very much tied in with Menuck’s political position and a radical commitment to music as its own product. GY!BE is a consumerist free zone, inviting you to be swept away by the pure intensity of sound – and that’s it.