Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (Vinyl 2xLP)
After two years of constant touring and near-unanimous critical acclaim, Godspeed You Black Emperor! assembled a collection of new recordings that charted the creative evolution of the band as well as its literal physical movement on the road, criss-crossing North America and Europe. Five expansive full-band compositions are framed by various field recordings, tape manipulations and ensemble pieces in a return to the narrative sonic collage techniques that marked their 1997 debut (F#A#∞).
Four seamless sides of vinyl unfold a world of aching sadness and beauty, with musical quotes ranging from heartland americana to mitteleuropa folkways, all distilled through the unique sonic filters of Godspeed’s pedal-crazy orchestral rock instrumentation. Harrowing guitars, plaintive strings, pulsing basses and explosive drums combine with glockenspiels, horns and tape drones to form an overwhelming palette of sounds, always driven by fierce melodic momentum and intense emotional resonance.
GYBE! continued to paint on an impossibly large canvas, with an uncanny blend of world-weariness and naive exuberance that spoke volumes about the conflicts and contradictions permeating our political and cultural life. The tension between humility and hubris conjured an epic scope and a raw hope that such sweeping gestures might survive with some semblance of substance
- Storm: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, Gathering Storm, Cancer Towers on Holy Road Hi-way
- Static: Terrible Canyons of Static, Chart #3, World Police and Friendly Fires, The Buildings They Are Sleeping Now
- Sleep: Murry Ostril [They Don't Sleep Anymore On The Beach], Monhelm, Broken Windows, Locks of Love Part III
- Antennas To Heaven: Moya Sings Baby-O, Edgy Swingset Acid, She Dreamt She Was A Bulldozer She Dreamt She Was Alone in An Empty Field, Deathkamp Drone, Antennas To Heaven