08 Oct 12
Allow us to pause for just a moment, to consider the under appreciated art of the quick turn around. Godspeed You! Black Emperor have spent the last ten years keeping fans arses lodged firmly on the edge of their respective seats following their 2002 effort Yanqui U.X.O. In that time, they found a schedule window in which to break up for seven years, get arrested for suspected terrorism and to eventually reunite and tour everywhere on the planet (apart from where you live). Then, with no prior warning and out from under a cloud global post-post-rock hangover, the group suddenly announced they had indeed recorded a new album, one to be released on the 15th of October, 13 days from its coming out party. Reports at the time (like this one, which you read, didn’t you?) told of this mythical beasts name, ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND! and detailed its sort of complex track listing arrangement (two non album drone tracks, which come as a separate 7″ with the vinyl release and are stitched into the track listing on the CD) to simply pass the time before we got our grubby ears over it. Today the group (or their label, if you’re being cynical about it, you cynical bastard) have chosen The Guardian as a partner in streaming related crime, letting the entire world hear their [SPOILERS INCOMING, HIGHLIGHT TO READ] reasonably disappointing [END SPOILERS] new album, for only the cost of your
precious bodily fluids time.