Tuesday, November 29, 2011
GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR / F# A# ∞ 
Canadian post-rock ensemble Godspeed You! Black Emperor's first full-length album, F# A# ∞ is a post-apocalyptic aural painting of rage, despair and fear.
Broken up into 3 movements, Godspeed makes incredible use of haunting sound effects inserted between drawn out instrumentals that emotionally unfold into a surreal mixture of emptiness and grandiosity. Using the standard guitars, bass and drums, they cleverly throw in strings, horns, xylophones and glockenspiels to create a more organic sound that is that much more disturbing.
It's a difficult album to endure in one sitting but is certainly one of the most rewarding if you aren't turned off by being nearly suffocated with such beautiful desolation. Yet another desert island disc to add to my list.
5 Streets I nearly died on out of 5
Songs Of Note: The Dead Flag Blues [excerpt]; East Hastings [excerpt]