GOD­SPEED YOU! BLACK EM­PEROR

Lu­cife­rian Tow­ers COn­stEl­la­tiOn Montreal’s in­stru­men­tal post-rock he­roes re­turn in style.

Prog - - Limelight - RH

It says much about their tena­cious de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­main pri­vate that God­speed… are no more know­able now than when they first started in 1994. Canada’s great­est enig­mas stopped giv­ing in­ter­views years ago, al­low­ing the flow of their mu­sic to act as their sole mouth­piece, save for some in­scrutable liner notes and curt press re­leases. This sixth al­bum (and their third since re­unit­ing in 2010) finds the nine-piece in scin­til­lat­ing form, cre­at­ing semi-sym­phonic at­mos­pheres that build in­ex­orably and hover in the air, sus­pended by strings and shiv­ery gui­tar drones. This is most ex­plicit on Un­do­ing A Lu­cife­rian Tow­ers, which imag­ines a me­trop­o­lis where sky­scrapers have been stripped to their bones, leav­ing only braids of bare wires and hol­lowed win­dows. A moun­tain-folk feel per­me­ates the first sec­tion of Bosses Hang, be­fore loop­ing into a key­board mo­tif and soar­ing higher. Mean­while, an­other three­han­der, An­them For No State, presents a fu­ture nightmare in which Canada is an en­vi­ron­men­tal waste­land, its re­sources long since re­moved. It’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary work that be­gins with an un­der­stated gui­tar fig­ure and ends in an or­ches­tral as­sault of dis­torted notes and crash­ing cym­bals that scram­ble the senses.

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