Godspeed You! Black Emperor: "Undoing A Luciferian Towers"

As a manifesto for change, there's something interestingly similar to Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra I hear with "Undoing A Luciferian Towers," the latest single from the seminal post-rock outfit, Godspeed You! Black Emperor.  According to the band, Luciferian Towers, GY!BE's upcoming new album, was inspired by the following "grand demands:"

+ an end to foreign invasions
+ an end to borders
+ the total dismantling of the prison-industrial complex
+ healthcare, housing, food and water acknowledged as an inalienable human right
+ the expert fuckers who broke this world never get to speak again

It's an ambitious list.  Without getting into the politics and societal implications of these demands, the instrumental of "Undoing A Luciferian Towers" communicates aspiration.  From the light and quivering ambience of its beginning seconds to its gradual swell as layers of tone build upon its understated march, there is a mission being carried out here.  It's a journey of depths, brass melodies interacting with an eventual maelstrom of sounds that form a gathering that's either in motion or in celebration. 

Luciferian Towers is being released on September 22nd via Constellation.  You can pre-order the album here.    

Links, tour dates, and information on the release were provided by Rarely Unable.  


The seventh record by Godspeed You! Black Emperor,
Luciferian Towers will be released 22 September 2017 on Constellation, and today we are pleased to present the opening track from it.

Luciferian Towers was recorded during the winter of 2016/2017 at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango, with Greg Norman once again engineering and co-producing (as he did on the band’s previous album Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress).

The music on
Luciferian Towers took shape over the past two years, amidst GYBE’s collaborative performances with the Holy Body Tattoo dance company’s monumental, and spurred by the commissioning of new compositions memorializing the 100th anniversary of the WWI Battle of Messines, which premiered at a live concert event on the site of the massacre at Heuvelland, Belgium this past June.

Luciferian Towers is Godspeed’s third album since the group’s ‘reunion’ in 2011 and their second consecutive single LP-length record (following three double-album releases in 2000, 2002 and 2012).

The band provides this statement and track description for the new album:

this, this long-playing record, a thing we made in the midst of communal mess, raising dogs and children. eyes up and filled with dreadful joy – we aimed for wrong notes that explode, a quiet muttering amplified heavenward. we recorded it all in a burning motorboat.

(context as follows:)

1. UNDOING A LUCIFERIAN TOWERS – look at that fucking skyline! big lazy money writ in dull marble obelisks! imagine all those buildings much later on, hollowed out and stripped bare of wires and glass, listen- the wind is whistling through all 3,000 of its burning window-holes!

2. BOSSES HANG – labor, alienated from the wealth it creates, so that holy cow, most of us live precariously! kicking at it, but barely hanging on! also – the proud illuminations of our shortened lives! also – more of us than them! also – what we need now is shovels, wells, and barricades!

3. FAM / FAMINE – how they kill us = absentee landlord, burning high-rise. the loud panics of child-policemen and their exploding trigger-hands. with the dull edge of an arbitrary meritocracy. neglect, cancer maps, drone strike, famine. the forest is burning and soon they’ll hunt us like wolves.

4. ANTHEM FOR NO STATE – kanada, emptied of its minerals and dirty oil. emptied of its trees and water. a crippled thing, drowning in a puddle, covered in ants. the ocean doesn’t give a shit because it knows it’s dying too.

finally and in conclusion;
the “luciferian towers” L.P. was informed by the following grand demands:
+ an end to foreign invasions
+ an end to borders
+ the total dismantling of the prison-industrial complex
+ healthcare, housing, food and water acknowledged as an inalienable human right
+ the expert fuckers who broke this world never get to speak again

much love to all the other lost and wondering ones,
xoxoxox god’s pee / montréal / 4 juillet, 2017

03.09.17 - Montreal, QC, Mile Ex End Musique Montréal Festival
22.09.17 - Guadalajara, MX, C3 Stage
23.09.17 - Mexico, MX, Sala Corona, Festival Aural
13.10.17 - Rome, IT, Romaeuropa Festival
14.10.17 - Rome, IT, Romaeuropa Festival
15.10.17 - Fribourg, CH, Frison
16.10.17 - Toulouse, FR, Le Bikini
17.10.17 - Bordeaux, FR, Krakatoa
18.10.17 - Rennes, FR, Théâtre National de Bretagne
19.10.17 - Rouen, FR, Le 106
20.10.17 - Lyon, FR, Le Tobogan
21.10.17 - Strassbourg, FR, La Laiterie
22.10.17 - Lille, FR, La Condition publique
23.10.17 - Brighton, UK, Brighton Dome
25.10.17 - Newcastle, UK, Boiler Shop
27.10.17 - Glasgow, UK, O2 ABC
28.10.17 - Manchester, UK, Victoria Warehouse
30.10.17 - Bristol, UK, Motion
31.10.17 - London, UK, Troxy
01.11.17 - Brussels, BE, Vorst Nationaal
02.11.17 - Amsterdam, NL, Paradiso
03.11.17 - Berlin, DE, Festsaal Kreuzberg
05.11.17 - Hanover, DE, Indiego
07.11.17 - Paris, FR, Elysée Montmartre

Pre-order the digital album on Bandcamp, along with the band's other titles: https://godspeedyoublackemperor.bandcamp.com/

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