Magazine article New Internationalist

Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Magazine article New Internationalist

Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

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MUSIC

Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

by Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Constellation Records CD, LP and download)

Ten years in the making, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! - the latest offering from Canadian post-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor - has been so keenly awaited that all its LPs and CDs sold out before the discs could be ferried to the shops. Post-rock, in GYBE's case, refers to a guitar, tape, violin and much else besides; it's a band with a healthy interest in the kind of musical drones more often associated with Indian ragas and experimental composers such as La Monte Young.

You need time to listen to Godspeed!, (two of Allelujah's four tracks are 20 minutes each), but that's not to say that events develop slowly. …

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