Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (2012)
Canadian Godspeed You! Black Emperor are one of those bands who just won’t do things the way you’re “supposed” to do things. Among the rest of the merchandise at a gig in Boston in October 2012 was this album. No promotion, nothing even highlighting it; yet this was their first release in 10 years, since 2002’s Yanqui U.X.O. Honestly, I can only imagine GY!BE doing that.
The thing with post-rockers GY!BE is that while you don’t know exactly what you are going to get, you do know what you are going to get, if you know what I mean. And what you get here is exactly what you want. The album consists of four tracks, two 20-minute post-rock epics and two shorter, but more drone inspired tracks.
There is something about GY!BE is that they have the ability to knock you off your feet with their music whilst incorporating gentler and subtler musical elements without them getting completely lost and this album is no exception.
A great album, right up my street.
Spotify link: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!