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Horses in the Sky
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Album: Horses in the Sky
# Song Title   Time
1)    God Bless Our Dead Marines
2)    Mountains Made of Steam
3)    Horses in the Sky
4)    Teddy Roosevelt's Guns
5)    Hang On to Each Other
6)    Ring Them Bells (Freedom Has Come and Gone)
 

Album: Horses in the Sky
# Song Title   Time
1)    God Bless Our Dead Marines
2)    Mountains Made of Steam
3)    Horses in the Sky
4)    Teddy Roosevelt's Guns
5)    Hang On to Each Other
6)    Ring Them Bells (Freedom Has Come and Gone)
 
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  • A splinter group of popular post-rock ensemble Godspeed You Black Emperor, A Silver Mt. Zion (or, as they are referred to here, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band) is comprised of GYBE guitarist/pianist/singer Efrim, bassist Thierry, violinist Sophie, and other guests. But whereas the band's previous albums sometimes sounded like replications of GYBE's layered, largely instrumental formula, HORSES IN THE SKY is a different kettle of fish altogether. Raw, stripped-down, and vocal-centered, Silver Mt. Zion's fourth album is hushed, mesmerizing, and deeply affecting.
  • The opening track, "God Bless Our Dead Marines," begins with Efrim's tortured, yelped vocals over pizzicato strings, before dropping into a shifting Balkan dance melody and a chain of surreal lyrics about politics, Nina Simone, and drug abuse. On "Mountains Made of Steam," a mournful vocal tag, that sounds like it might have come from some nightmarish version of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF gives way to a surging orchestral passage and a piercing rain of electric guitar notes, while the title track is all hushed acoustics. The combination of unique instrumentation, angular arrangements, and Efrim's elliptical lyrics and chilling singing makes HORSES IN THE SKY a distinctive and recommended listen.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Their latest collection of protest songs deals with themes such as war and drug addiction and their feelings for their homeland, delivered as haunting lamentations that owe as much to the Jewish Klezmer and US folk traditions as to Slint."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]heir most primitive, intimate and vocally oriented yet."
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