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Release date: 02 April 2021 Constellation • CST156 • 2xLP / CD / DL
A KANADIAN INSTRUMENTAL ROCK BAND, WIDELY REGARDED AS HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL, ACCLAIMED & INSCRUTABLE, RETURNS WITH A NEW ALBUM RECORDED AND MIXED IN OCTOBER 2020 AT THEE MIGHY HOTEL2TANGO IN MONTRÉAL BY AWARD-WINNING INDIE PRODUCER JACE LASEK
VINYL FORMAT IS 180gLP + 10” EP PRESSED AT OPTIMAL (GERMANY) IN GATEFOLD w/THERMOGRAPHIC PRINT, COLOUR FLOOD INTERIOR, ARTWORKED INNERS, DL CARD
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GYBE returns with another soundtrack for our times, like only this inimitable and venerable ensemble can forge. As the heretical anarcho-punk spirit of the title implies, Godspeed harnesses some particularly raw power, spittle and grit across two riveting 20-minute side-length trajectories of noise-drenched widescreen postrock: inexorable chug blossoms into blown-out twang, as some of the band’s most soaring, searing melodies ricochet and converge amidst violin and bassline counterpoint. Field recordings and roiling semi-improvised passages frame these fervent epics, and two shorter self-contained 6-minute pieces find the band at its most devastatingly beautiful, haunting and elegiac. Poignant atmospherics, noisedrenched orchestration, drone, hypnotic swingtime crescendos, inexorably-layered towers of distorted clarion sound: STATE’S END encapsulates every beloved facet of the band. Twenty-five years on, this new album is as vital, stirring, timely and implacable as any in Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s storied discography.
Just as STATE’S END summons the gamut of Godspeed’s constituent sonic trademarks, so the album artwork spans the entirety of the band’s visual history: the grainy monochromatic photography of recent releases finds its way onto the inner sleeves, while the gatefold cover art harkens back to the iconic graphics of earlier classic records like Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada and Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven. STATE’S END features illustrations by William Schmiechen, with the front cover taijitu flowers and back cover tear gas canisters rendered in raised thermographic black ink on the double-vinyl album jacket. The illuminated cross from Godspeed’s debut F#A#∞ also makes a reappearance on the inside gatefold drawing, in recurrent homage to the electrified hilltop landmark crucifix of the band’s Montréal hometown.