Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress

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[FREE US Shipping, 180 gram vinyl, March 31 release] GY!BE, the gods of the post-rock world, are back with a highly anticipated new album. It's arguably the most focused and best-sounding batch of their career. This mighty slab of superlative sonics took two years to build and showcases GY!BE's inimitable touchstones

Feel The Slow Burn

Listen by clicking on the play button, duh.

Beautiful words for beautiful music: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos, and scorched-earth transitions.

You may be surprised at the difference in soundscape from where you begin, grinding, to the blissful string-laden euphoria that concludes. Vinyl Loop urges you to be brave, and accept the journey laid before you with this album.

Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress finds Godspeed in top form; a sterling celebration of the band's awesome dialectic, where composition, emotion and 'note-choice' is inextricable from an exacting focus on tone, timbre, resonance and the sheer materiality of sound.

“It’s a titanic, life-affirming instrumental stomp.”

Stereo Gum said a bunch of stuff about how this record is amazing and you should totally buy it...

Video Proof

Live Video of Behemoth, the predecessor to Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress.

Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress is 40+ minutes long, produced by sound engineer Greg Norman in North Carolina and Montreal, and consists of four tracks. It is a relatively short and focused album, compared to previous works by GY!BE. It began as a multi-movement live piece known to fans as 'Behemoth' which was distilled into Asunder, Sweet over two years.

Following Godspeed’s return from a long hiatus at the end of 2010 to begin playing live shows again, and with the hugely acclaimed ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! release in 2012 marking their first new release in a decade, the group continued to perform regularly on their own headlining tours (and as headliners at many leading festivals), often including a new multi-movement piece in concert over the past couple of years. Known to fans and through live show recordings by the sobriquet “Behemoth”, GY!BE has gradually distilled this new work down to a fastidious and uncompromising essence in the studio, with the swing-time swagger of the opening unison riff in “Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!'” giving way to increasing microtonal divergences and an exhilarating immersion in the harmonic power of massed amplified instruments, before collapsing into some of the most visceral and unalloyed noise/drone the band has yet committed to tape on “Lambs’ Breath” and “’Asunder, Sweet’”.

The album closes with “Piss Crowns Are Trebled”, a classic 14-minute piece of vintage Godspeed, where ascending and descending guitar and violin melodies intertwine over gut-rattling distorted bass in 3/4 time, segueing into a pummeling four-on-the-floor series of sparkling, soaring crescendos.

  • Live Performance of "Behemoth"
  • Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!’
  • Lambs' Breath
  • Asunder, Sweet
  • Piss Crowns Are Trebled

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180 Gram Vinyl

For those not in the know, 180 gram vinyl is thick, heavy, beautiful vinyl. It provides higher quality audio and doesn't degrade as much over time or warp easily.

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Digital Download

Yes indeed, as always, free digital download included in the record.

Constellation Records

The politically active, independent Montreal-based label releases GY!BE as well as other awesome Canadian acts.