[midlife 150] #136: godspeed you! black emperor “moya”

April 12, 2010

#136 Moya by Godspeed You! Black Emperor (taken from Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada, 1999)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor is the the central collective in Montreal’s distinctive and influential post-rock scene (its members’ other projects include A Silver Mt. Zion, Fly Pan Am, Esmerine, The Shalabi Effect and Set Fire To Flames, most of which are associated with the city’s Constellation label and all of which I recommend exploring).

Moya is typical of Godspeed’s output, though at just under eleven minutes relatively brief by their standards. Meditative, hypnotic, mesmeric, spiraling, defiant, raging and finally cathartic: the arc it plots (like most of Godspeed’s output) tells a story of revolution, from start to finish.

The revolution Godspeed You! Black Emperor is seeking may never happen, but if it does it will sound something like Moya.

(PS. Coincidentally, last week Godspeed announced a return from a seven-year hiatus. They will be curating a special All Tomorrow’s Parties event this December and perform some UK, European and US dates. Go see.)

This review is part of close to 94 ‘s [midlife 150] series, which counts down favourite music 1970-2009.


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