Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
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Recorded in October 2020, during the deadly second-wave of the coronavirus pandemic, G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END, Godspeed harnesses some particularly raw power, spittle and grit of noise-drenched widescreen post-rock.
Their music has always reflected varied states of discomfort, worry and wonderment, but, at a time of pervasive existential threat, and heightened social division and unrest, it has never felt more relevant. But if it's music for end-times, there is also an optimism for change embedded within it: a desire for the end of police and government brutality, and a demand for the beginning of a new era of social justice and accountability. "These are death-times and our side has to win."
Across the album's two twenty-minute pieces (each side of the LP), inexorable chug blossoms into blown-out twang, as some of the band’s most soaring, searing melodies ricochet and converge amidst violin and bassline counterpoint. Bursts of shortwave radio, field recordings, and roiling semi-improvised passages frame these fervent epics, and two shorter self-contained six-minute pieces (each side of the 10") find the band at its most devastatingly beautiful, haunting and elegiac. Poignant atmospherics, noise-drenched orchestration, drone, hypnotic swingtime crescendos, inexorably-layered towers of distorted clarion sound: STATE’S END encapsulates every beloved facet of the band.
Just as STATE’S END summons the gamut of Godspeed’s constituent sonic trademarks, so the album artwork spans the entirety of the band’s visual history: the grainy monochromatic photography of recent releases finds its way onto the inner sleeves, while the gatefold cover art harkens back to the iconic graphics of earlier classic records like Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada and Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven. STATE’S END features illustrations by William Schmiechen, with the front cover taijitu flowers and back cover tear gas canisters rendered in raised thermographic black ink on the double-vinyl album jacket. The illuminated cross from debut album also makes a reappearance on the inside gatefold drawing, in recurrent homage to the electrified hilltop landmark crucifix of the band’s Montréal hometown.
A Military Alphabet (five eyes all blind) (4521.0kHz 6730.0kHz 4109.09kHz) / Job’s Lament / First of the Last Glaciers / where we break how we shine (ROCKETS FOR MARY) [LP side A]
Fire at Static Valley [10" side A]
“GOVERNMENT CAME” (9980.0kHz 3617.1kHz 4521.0 kHz) / Cliffs Gaze / cliffs’ gaze at empty waters’ rise / ASHES TO SEA or NEARER TO THEE [LP side A]
OUR SIDE HAS TO WIN (for D.H.) [10" side B]
- Canadian import
- LP + 10" pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl, and housed in reverse-board gatefold jacket with thermographic print, colour flood interior, artworked inner-sleeves and download coupon
- CD housed in custom mini-gatefold paperboard jacket with artworked inner-sleeves and 5mm spine
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