Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything - CONSTELLATION
FILTER Grade: 83%
By Jon Falcone on February 13, 2014
Efrim Menuck and his current incarnation of Thee Silver Mt. Zion certainly bring a splurge of rock and orchestra. A five-piece of bass, drums, guitar and two violins, they spend a large part of this album thrashing gloriously through distortion. “Fuck Off Get Free (For the Island of Montreal)” starts with big, dumb hooks that churn hypnotically into a familiar, astonishing blast. The following “Austerity Blues” rattles through more distortion that scatters for 14 minutes, whilst violin lines carve a strained vocal melody. The track grows and grows, gleefully devouring any memory of tranquility. As with the band from which they birthed—the inimitable Godspeed You! Black Emperor—SMZ know how to orchestrate chaos. There are wonderfully soft moments, too, the vocal counterpoints of “Little Ones Run” are delightful, but ultimately the collective exists for noise, which is demonstrated beautifully and impressively.