Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Kollaps Tradixionales (Constellation Records 2010)

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (SMZ) returns with its sixth full-length recording and first since the band's line-up change in summer 2008. Following a debut performance as a quintet at All Tomorrow's Parties in upstate NY, the band embarked on an extensive European tour through the fall of 2008 and entered the studio during winter in Montreal. As Kollaps Tradixionalesdemonstrates, the band has lost none of its raw and frazzled anthemic power and continues to forge bold new ground in its search for a unique hybrid of punk, blues, psych, folk and modern orchestral idioms. Driven by the fried electric guitar, plangent voice and devastating lyrical conjurings of Efrim Menuck (previously co-founder of Godspeed You! Black Emperor), Kollaps Tradixionales is one of the band's strongest and most dynamic albums. Songs of complex, desperate and thorny hope.

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