Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Band (previously A Silver Mt. Zion, previously Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band etc) melt a hole through the heart of the post rock genre. Magnificently sculpted melodies and classical, driving crescendos rolled out across seven tracks, all as significant as the last.
It feels arbitrary at this point to mention that A Silver Mount Zion were molded from the remains of post rock’s main protagonists ‘God Speed! You Black Emperor’. Whilst there are certain reflections of the later, the former have flourished and forged a unique and idiosyncratic sound.
This, their sixth full length is close to being their most emotive yet. This is music that sits in the pit of your belly, digesting for days. Both woefully melancholy and tremendously optimistic. A strong middle finger pointed firmly at the murky puddle that is mainstream music culture.
Efrim Menuck’s vocals feel more controlled and harmonious than on previous offerings. Some of the more eardrum shattering high notes from albums such as Horses in the Sky are reserved for more raucous moments, something which will either delight or disappoint both potential and current fans.
All this is skillfully laid down and placed in CD form into one of the bands renowned card CD wallets avec lyrics sheet, which just adds to the experience. The packaging is beautiful, ecoing the post-apocoliptic feel of the record, utilizing old photography and illustrations.
Contender for album of the year and we’re only in February.