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Horses in the Sky

Studio album by Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band
ReleasedMarch 7, 2005 ( 2005-03-07 )
RecordedHotel2Tango
GenrePost-rock
Length58 : 12
LabelConstellation
ProducerHoward Bilerman

Expectation is one of Rock biggest pitfalls. Genre's accessibility lends itself to fanaticism, and when established band's back catalog is heavily revere, unreasonable level of brilliance is often expected on subsequent releases. For popular independent like Silver Mt. Zion, whose evolution has been documented through careers of multiple bands, contrast between past and present work will inevitably be considered when listening to any new material. Many of us will find their latest, Horses Sky, easier to appreciate having gobble up every Godspeed You! Black Emperor-related release, stauncher critics will find heavy fault through comparison. Whatever camp you find yourself in, it's easy to recognize Horses in Sky as big step away from 2003's This is Our Punk Rock, one that may end up leaving broody post-Rock fans scratching their heads. From outset, guitarist and songwriter Efrim establishes himself as front-man of sorts, infusing album with healthy dose of lyrically grandiose themes. Only ten seconds into opening's double bass figure, he lament they put angels in electric chair / electric chair / electric chair! Line that across heavily untreated, lending itself to accompanying music's congruent rawness. Emphasis on such rootsy, almost folkish vocals grounds band's typically unarticulated message, while bringing kind of twisted narrative to fore. Same themes that appeared on Silver Mt. Zion releases are still prevalent, of course: isolation, urban addiction, etc etc. This time though, distinct plea for 'togetherness' is delivered beside typical angst. In hands of lesser band, such lyrical and vocal histrionics might come off as tired or disingenuous, but Horses in Sky contains so much inherent prettiness that, when coupled with earnest performances, erases most traces of pretension. Efrim's vocal approach also reveals host of memorable verses that continually focus your attention on albums thematic content. Such lyrical devices enable songs like mountains made of steam and hang on To each Other to maintain interest even as single melody repeats for over six minutes. In short, it's easy to buy into group's message and delivery, if only for albums hour long running length. Musically, opening and title track mark clearest departure from Silver Mt. Zion's usual orchestral post-Rock routine. Instead of relying on crescendo-ing theme and variations, God Bless Our Dead Marines is structured fairly concise three-song suite. Middle Section Flirts With Vintage Folk Rock, Sporting Double Track, Loose Limbed Beat That Plods Through Several Hectic Verses. Movement's closing line, Dead kids get photograph / God Bless this century! Is proceeds few seconds of silence before final vocal refrain enters, unaccompanied. One by one, four voices overlap original line, creating one of most effective uses of stretto I've heard in while. Conversely, Horses in Sky is simple acoustic waltz, furnished only with minimal vocal harmonies.

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AllMusic Review by Sergey Mesenov

By 2005's Horses in Sky It Was undeniable-Silver Mount Zion, which started out as sort of companion Band To Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Had grown out of shadow of its parent Band completely, blossoming into its own beautiful thing. Relationships between bands though could still serve basis for description of where exactly Silver Mt. Zion End up. If Godspeed You Black Emperor! Paint world on brink of some indefinite, soul-crushing Apocalypse-type disaster, creating panorama of End of time which was profoundly striking and richly detailed yet strangely impersonal, then Silver Mount Zion find themselves on other side of that same collapse, providing voice for its human victims-lose, hurt, confuse, and bewilder yet still yearning for Some hope and meaning amidst All rubble. On their previous record, This Is Our Punk-Rock, Thee rust Satellites Gather + Sing, Band already taken some tentative steps towards abandoning their moody soundscapes in favor of full-fledged songs, and here they pursue same direction baldly, confidently, and without looking back. Efrim Menuck's quivering, earnest voice is much more focal point of band's music than ever before, yet however acquire taste his vocals may be, there's furious conviction in his performance which more than makes up for it. This determination is shared by whole band throughout record. Consider God Bless Our Dead Marines, opening track, which moves through number of twists and turns during its dozen minutes. Starting off slowly with ominous strings and some apocalyptic imagery From Menuck, it gradually builds into beautifully ramshackle dirge suggesting sort of East European carnival Orchestra stumbling drunkenly down hillside in dark, before shifting gears and transforming into majestic and beautiful march. Drama Builds As Menuck Sings About Losing Friends To Various Personal Catastrophes And Then Suddenly, With Same Earnestness And Intensity, He Continues " I Love My Dog, And She Loves Me, World Is Mad, And So Are We-and Soon Song Changes Yet Again, Moving To Poignant, Piano-lead Coda, With Menuck And Choir Softly Repeating Lines When World Is Sick, Can Anyone Be Well, But I Dreamt We All Were Beautiful And Strong. It's huge, dramatic, darkly funny, and heartbreakingly beautiful-and it's only first song of record. Though this type of epic songwriting is probably what they're best known for, it's far from only mode Band work in on Horses in Sky. There's surprising simplicity many of these tracks. For instance, title track is rather straightforward protest Song dresses up as introspective, sad folk tune; for most of its running time it consists of only voice and acoustic guitar.

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