Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

£28.99
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
9th October 2000 / 2LP / Constellation
     

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

£28.99
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Straight up one of the finest albums ever made... How do you like that!

This two-disc Godspeed You Black Emperor tour de force is considered something of a milestone of the post-rock age. The first disc opens with slowly drifting ambient droning, which gradually begets mournful strings and a distant, pitch-shifted evangelical sermon before an increasingly ominous thudding rock beat, guitars, glockenspiel, distortion, and bass come spiraling in to break things up for an ever-tightening crescendo. The following piece, "Static", is marked by the early arrival of a hauntingly sad melody (yes, an actual melody), followed by slowly accelerating beats and the ghost of a dying bagpipe--one of Emperor's truly majestic moments--which later segues into shopping announcements and more treated distortion.

The second disc starts off with a sample of an old man reminiscing about the long-lost glory days of Coney Island. The music coasts on through the ashes of time from there, drifting with swooping guitars that sound like Yma Sumac vocals, building into crescendo after crescendo, with drums increasing, pounding, and expiring. The last track kicks off with some bluesy folk crooning that then dissolves into an evaporating haze of strings and guitars. By turns operatic, rocked-out, and mournfully apocalyptic, "Antennas" conjures deep emotions, landscapes, and even socio-political commentary, and some might sincerely argue that it also makes wonderful housecleaning music.

1. (SIDE A) Storm
2. (SIDE B) Static
3. (SIDE C) Sleep
4. (SIDE D) Like Antennas To Heaven"_

Aidan, Bruce, David, Efrim, Mauro, Norsola, Roger, Sophie, Thierry

Brian and Alfons: Horns

Recorded and mixed at Chemical Sound in Toronto by Daryl, February 2000. Mastered by John Golden in California U.S.A.

+ Double LP pressing on black 180g vinyl.

Format /2LP
Released /9th October 2000
Catalogue / CST012LP
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Label /Constellation
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