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Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress

by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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serieszero piss crowns, baby!
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Levrikon Godspeed's time at Electric Audio has taught them brevity. Their shortest album yet, only 10 or so minutes longer than single songs from other albums. Enormously heavy, taking some cues from A Silver Mt. Zion, this is probably the closest we'll ever get to Godspeed doing heavy metal. Probably my favorite of their records. Favorite track: Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!’.
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rikm Building an immense wall of sound brick by brick, "Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress" finds Godspeed You! Black Emperor doing what they do best, immersing the listener in an expansive and completely amazing aural experience.

Highly recommended...
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Oddball Hi GY!BE you being an anarcho-syndicatist commune from Montréal and me being well... none of those things I really wasn't sure you were the band for me, but this is outstanding stuff! Mesmerizing and skull crushingly deep. Favorite track: Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!’.
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homunculus1510 I don't think I will ever encounter the moment in which this song won't move me to tears. The only word that comes to mind every time is "celestial". Favorite track: Piss Crowns Are Trebled.
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' clocks in at a succinct 40:23 and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band's career. Working with sound engineer Greg Norman (Electrical Audio) at studios in North Carolina and Montreal, GYBE slowly and steadily put the new album together through late 2013 and 2014, emerging with a mighty slab of superlative sonics, shot through with all the band's inimitable signposts and touchstones: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorched-earth transitions.

Following Godspeed's return from a long hiatus at the end of 2010 to begin playing live shows again, and with the hugely acclaimed 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! release in 2012 marking their first new release in a decade, the group continued to perform regularly on their own headlining tours (and as headliners at many leading festivals), often including a new multi-movement piece in concert over the past couple of years. Known to fans and through live show recordings by the sobriquet "Behemoth", GYBE has gradually distilled this new work down to a fastidious and uncompromising essence in the studio, with the swing-time swagger of the opening unison riff in "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'" giving way to increasing microtonal divergences and an exhilarating immersion in the harmonic power of massed amplified instruments, before collapsing into some of the most visceral and unalloyed noise/drone the band has yet committed to tape on "Lambs' Breath" and "’Asunder, Sweet'”. The album closes with "Piss Crowns Are Trebled", a classic 14-minute piece of vintage Godspeed, where ascending and descending guitar and violin melodies intertwine over gut-rattling distorted bass in 3/4 time, segueing into a pummeling four-on-the-floor series of sparkling, soaring crescendos

'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' finds Godspeed in top form; a sterling celebration of the band's awesome dialectic, where composition, emotion and 'note-choice' is inextricable from an exacting focus on tone, timbre, resonance and the sheer materiality of sound. The album is available on 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeve and insert poster, on CD in a 100% recycled custom paperboard jacket, and on all manner of formats in our fractured digital marketplace.

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released March 31, 2015

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Thierry Amar: Bass and contrebasse
David Bryant: Electric guitar, portasound, organs and drones
Aidan Girt: Drums
Timothy Herzog: Drums and drones
Efrim Manuel Menuck: Electric guitar
Michael Moya: Electric guitar
Mauro Pezzente: Electric bass
Sophie Trudeau: Violins and drones
Karl Lemieux: 16mm film projections

Recorded by Greg Norman at Fidelitorium, Hotel 2 Tango and The Pines.
Mixed by Greg Norman and GYBE at Mixart and Hotel 2 Tango.
Masted by Harris Newman at Greymarket.

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