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He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes

Silver Mount ZionAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Constellation
  • ASIN: B00004RGC8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Band Is Comprised Of Members Of Godspeed You Black Emperor.

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd had this when my cat died. January 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Yep, the title is a mouthful. Even the abbreviation HHLUABSOLSGTCOOR is a monster...
The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-la-la Band would probably be called a side-project of Godspeed You Black Emperor!. Down from a nine-piece rock orchestra to just three people, GYBE!'s lavish soundscapes are stripped down to the mere basics of piano, violin, and contrabass. Even with the occasional addition of some guitar, drumming, vocals (yes, vocals), radio samples, and clarinet, A Silver Mt. Zion relegates its music to sparse, oppressively sad passages that bleed silent anguish. Compared to the ominous symphonies of GYBE! (whom you probably like if you're checking this out), this music is less foreboding and dark. Instead, it is just sad, like a weight on the soul. Depressing music is often the most beautiful to me, because it functions as an emotional release. This album is beautiful, but it is a distressed beauty that is difficult to listen to sometimes. And what's it all about? The album is an aching dirge for a dead dog named Wanda.
So, you get 47-minutes of long, dreary motivic passages dedicated a dead pet. A tough sell to most people, certainly, and I don't doubt that it in the hands of lesser writing talent something like this would be quite awful. But it is far from any such denigrating adjective. I rank this up with some of the most beautiful music I have.
"Broken chords can sing a little" opens the album with simple and unsettling piano chords and a subtle electronic hum. A crying violin glides into the atmosphere as two strange vocal samples appear in stereo.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful musical treatise on grief January 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
For the most part, I am quite wary of artists whose entire careers are lengthy treatises on a single emotion like melancholy or depression. Consequently, my respect for artists like Chan Marshall and Mark Kozelek runs about as deep as my conviction sometimes that they need to both be banished to that Harmony Hut from Addams Family Values for a week or so. So when I first discovered that a few members of Godspeed You Black Emperor! had constructed a side project whose new album was dedicated to guitarist Efrim's late dog Wanda, well, you can understand my skepticism.
Rest assured, however, that the result, A Silver Mt. Zion's He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace The Corners of Our Rooms, succeeds wonderfully in what is has set out to accomplish. An almost skeletal album, He Has Left Us Alone... employs little more than piano and violin to create some of the most beautifully bare instrumental pieces I've recently heard. Godspeed minus the bombast and about two-thirds of its members would be a good approximation, but it would miss out on the album's focused sense of grief. Godspeed You Black Emperor paints epic landscapes of sound; this is a musical still life of sadness.
Of the album's eight movements (which make up two larger pieces), "13 Angels Standing Guard Round The Side of Your Bed" is probably the highlight here. For a bunch of avant noodling with tape loops and violins, this is gorgeous stuff. Also of note is "Movie (Never Made)," a song for piano featuring Efrim on vocals, his voice breaking all over the notes. And even the exercise in descending scales (a Godspeed trademark), presented here in the form of "Stumble And Rise On Some Awkward Morning," is a remarkably moving piece.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, Empty, Erie... July 11, 2003
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Silver Mount Zion is comprised of three members of GYBE, for a much more empty feeling. Empty, empty empty, is the adjective that I think of mostly when this is playing. The main instruments are violin, piano, drums and contrabass, along with a few vocals and guitar. The band creates a sparse, vast sound and is some of the most depressing stuff I've ever heard, in a beautiful way, of course. And, once again, a band that makes CD titles and song titles this outrageous has got to be good.
The album starts off with a few lonely piano chords and slowly evolves into a song containing piano and violin, and distant, faded vocal radio clips, and staticy, overlapping voices like a radio is picking up severeal different news stations but for some reason they are talking about the same thing.
That leads into "Sit in the Middle of Three Galloping Dogs," a nice song with a violin loop. It's the same violin loop for a while, then it changes and eventually fades out into the next song, "Stumble then Rise on some Awkward Morning", which keeps getting faster and faster, and slowly shifting gears. very creepy.
The next song, "Move (Never Made)" creeps me out. It is just some guy (well, probably one of the band members) with a really bad voice, singing really bizarre lyrics, with a heavy echo, with the bass playing an out-of-rhythm tunes at times. Then, a surreal, eerie piano is played with the finishing touch of the vocals... It sounds like this guy is dying in an abandoned warehouse with his band and they are singing until they die.
After that, you're in desperate need of something incredibly beautiful, and you're going to get it. "13 Angels Standing Guard Round the Side of Your Bed" is by far, the best song on the album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars last one out turn off the satallite
Driving around central NY during the gloomy holidays, the sky oozing mass of clouds with occasional pricks of light. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. A. Jager
5.0 out of 5 stars He Has Left Us Alone....
Beautiful, simple, and haunting. After listening to the album, it feels like no time has passed at all. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Corban Noah
3.0 out of 5 stars Shredded sincerity
Slightly underwhelming debut from the most popular of the Godspeed side projects finds guitarist Efrim taking the lead on piano and vocals, to a hauntingly minimal, but often... Read more
Published on November 29, 2008 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Different world
"He has left us alone, but shafts of light sometimes grace the corners of our rooms... "comes from a man belonging to a civilization more advanced than ours; comes from one of the... Read more
Published on August 27, 2008 by Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Intensely sad, but with an uplifting beauty, this album makes you question. Question existence, love, death, politics... you name it. Read more
Published on September 26, 2007 by P. LaDeau
4.0 out of 5 stars Found an Easter Egg
On first listening to "Long March Rocket or Doomed Airliner", the 5 second track, I heard nothing and was like, "what's this all about? Read more
Published on April 18, 2007 by Robert Spillman
5.0 out of 5 stars The world's a mess, and so are we.
This is 'ASMZ''s debut album -- a despairing, fatalistic perspective of the world and all that's contained within it. Read more
Published on September 21, 2006 by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite ASMZ
This is ASMZ's first album, and in my opinion their best. It is the most like GY!BE, epecially with the strings and background voices and samples; most like "lift your skinny... Read more
Published on March 6, 2006 by Logan Seguin
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecstatic
This album is phenomenal. Musically trimmed down compared to Godspeed You Black Emperor. Some of the most beautiful music I've heard, haunting and bereft of hubris. Read more
Published on February 1, 2006 by David B. Bair
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!
Eight tracks of pure genius.

While it's a little spooky at times, and mystic in some ways, I love sleeping to this album. Read more
Published on January 28, 2006 by Kirsty
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