GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR - F# A# Infinity (Vinyl Version) ALBUM REVIEW

“Nervous, Sad, Poor…”


0:00
The Drone:
What seems to be a bass loop of general low frequency noise sets the dark tone
0:??
The Poem:
This is one of my favorite poems / soliloquies of all time
It Went Like This:
The arranged strings provide a continued melancholy. As it finishes, it transitions into the distant and reverb soaked guitar, which sounds like a distant but approaching train. These move into the pretty and continuous melancholy melody as in the strings but on guitar with droning strings and mallet percussed toms in the background.
5:55
The End of the poem
6:11
The train sample solidifies the setting and theme of the album as a passing train.
Then the guitar comes in with some sort of slide
everything is melting
the steel tracks and the trains on them and for a moment in pause we hear a return of the main melody (Melancholy). It actually becomes frightenly melted and descending until they reach their dynamic peak.
9:39
The bass comes in to show the new melody, where they incorporate the melting guitars into a more standard musical section
10:16
The guitar solo
Steel, it seems
country, languid, and beautiful
after a while the piano and drones come in.
11:40
The second guitar leads
It is beautiful
??:??
like a rush of wind rising to dephining volumes. Painful to hear, beautiful in retrospect.
17:20
The beautiful jaunty finish reminds me of the theme to the third man.
Joyful and joyless. Country, and Jam, but with melancholy.
19:16
This seems like one day, during recording, one of the members were screwing around. And another member heard the melodic beauty and had the mind to press record. He then overdubbed with a delay/reverb soaked banjo on top of it.

“What’s my motivation?”


“Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful…”


??:??
The ravings of a street man, the trains, the cars, and bagpipes set the mood for this coming apocalypse.
1:45
The guitar drones in, screwdriver in hand. The ominous bagpipes pull out of the mix. Then the instantly recognizable melody comes in
minor, catchy, memorable, bleak, uncertain, beautiful, poor.
The band begins to show their true size when they start to jam out on this melody.
4:50
Breaking into the forefront of the sonic landscape great ominous strings with the drums slowly chug out and away.
??:??
The guitars have another beautiful duet
the cymbals a little,
but intensity increases
7:18
they fall out into ambient mass
7:35
The tremallo-ed vocals and chorus or whatever the effects are on it. Haunting and terrifying. 

Amazing grace?
8:40
Another instantly recognizable melody. A march, a funeral dirge, with a purpose, a goal, a train approaching a destination of great importance.
10:28
Something epic’s gonna happen isn’t it?
10:55
Yup
BPM increases
distortion shows its face
Violins churn away
11:56
Drum rhythm changes
fun to play, I’d expect
??:??
This band is so cool
I love it when they really flex their musical muscles
12:39
OMG yes
the guitar triumphantly roars
while the band calls out in a united roar
13:00
The soundscape here is absolutely terrifying
                                                            “Where Are You Going?”
14:10
More ambient sounds, the sources of which I can only hope to one day know… the source of beautiful synth melody may never be known.
15:10
Another high point. 
Reminds me of “Music For 18 Musicians” by Steve Reich
in its pulsivity.
16:00
Destruction
of the signal into undulating mess
Influence on Burial?
Digitally skipping about
A slowed down horn sample?
17:17
Some dark noise is this
it haunts me
almost a human voice underneath a blanket of effects ineffectively, languidly crying out to into the world?
17:33
The horrifying loop
This is an “infinity groove” at the end of the record.
The wheels rotate adnauseum 
the sound reverberates back on the tracks from the train
already passed by a solitary observer, sitting still, just wondering where it might be going.

Would recommend. 
Absolutely essential to fans of Experimental music, Experimental classical, Post Rock, and Ambient Music.

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR - F# A# Infinity (Vinyl Version) ALBUM REVIEW

“Nervous, Sad, Poor…”


0:00

The Drone:

What seems to be a bass loop of general low frequency noise sets the dark tone

0:??

The Poem:

This is one of my favorite poems / soliloquies of all time

It Went Like This:

The arranged strings provide a continued melancholy. As it finishes, it transitions into the distant and reverb soaked guitar, which sounds like a distant but approaching train. These move into the pretty and continuous melancholy melody as in the strings but on guitar with droning strings and mallet percussed toms in the background.

5:55

The End of the poem

6:11

The train sample solidifies the setting and theme of the album as a passing train.

Then the guitar comes in with some sort of slide

everything is melting

the steel tracks and the trains on them and for a moment in pause we hear a return of the main melody (Melancholy). It actually becomes frightenly melted and descending until they reach their dynamic peak.

9:39

The bass comes in to show the new melody, where they incorporate the melting guitars into a more standard musical section

10:16

The guitar solo

Steel, it seems

country, languid, and beautiful

after a while the piano and drones come in.

11:40

The second guitar leads

It is beautiful

??:??

like a rush of wind rising to dephining volumes. Painful to hear, beautiful in retrospect.

17:20

The beautiful jaunty finish reminds me of the theme to the third man.

Joyful and joyless. Country, and Jam, but with melancholy.

19:16

This seems like one day, during recording, one of the members were screwing around. And another member heard the melodic beauty and had the mind to press record. He then overdubbed with a delay/reverb soaked banjo on top of it.


“What’s my motivation?”


“Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful…”


??:??

The ravings of a street man, the trains, the cars, and bagpipes set the mood for this coming apocalypse.

1:45

The guitar drones in, screwdriver in hand. The ominous bagpipes pull out of the mix. Then the instantly recognizable melody comes in

minor, catchy, memorable, bleak, uncertain, beautiful, poor.

The band begins to show their true size when they start to jam out on this melody.

4:50

Breaking into the forefront of the sonic landscape great ominous strings with the drums slowly chug out and away.

??:??

The guitars have another beautiful duet

the cymbals a little,

but intensity increases

7:18

they fall out into ambient mass

7:35

The tremallo-ed vocals and chorus or whatever the effects are on it. Haunting and terrifying.


Amazing grace?

8:40

Another instantly recognizable melody. A march, a funeral dirge, with a purpose, a goal, a train approaching a destination of great importance.

10:28

Something epic’s gonna happen isn’t it?

10:55

Yup

BPM increases

distortion shows its face

Violins churn away

11:56

Drum rhythm changes

fun to play, I’d expect

??:??

This band is so cool

I love it when they really flex their musical muscles

12:39

OMG yes

the guitar triumphantly roars

while the band calls out in a united roar

13:00

The soundscape here is absolutely terrifying

                                                           “Where Are You Going?”

14:10

More ambient sounds, the sources of which I can only hope to one day know… the source of beautiful synth melody may never be known.

15:10

Another high point.

Reminds me of “Music For 18 Musicians” by Steve Reich

in its pulsivity.

16:00

Destruction

of the signal into undulating mess

Influence on Burial?

Digitally skipping about

A slowed down horn sample?

17:17

Some dark noise is this

it haunts me

almost a human voice underneath a blanket of effects ineffectively, languidly crying out to into the world?

17:33

The horrifying loop

This is an “infinity groove” at the end of the record.

The wheels rotate adnauseum

the sound reverberates back on the tracks from the train

already passed by a solitary observer, sitting still, just wondering where it might be going.

Would recommend. 

Absolutely essential to fans of Experimental music, Experimental classical, Post Rock, and Ambient Music.

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