By A Silver Mt. Zion
"Horses in the Sky" is the third and most expansive album to date from this collaboration of various artists from the Montreal post-rock scene. I was lucky enough to catch them play in Leeds last year and was blown away by the shear depth of their live act and this album re-emphasises their position as some of the most influential musicians of our times.
"Horses in the Sky" is an epic journey into the cruelty and hopelessness of modern society; the album is far more vocal driven than their previous outings with every one contributing to vocal duties; this is apparent on tracks such as "Hang onto each other" with near vocal noise outs that are orchestral in quality. Efrim's voice is a ragged tortured razor blade that is as distinct as the band itself that seems to emphasise the mood of the songs.
As with any of A Silver Mt. Zion's albums they have to be listened to as whole rather than individual tracks as they are delicately laced together with silk with overdrawn trade mark epic movements such as the intro "God bless our dead marines" at eleven minutes long is a savage bite at the worlds failings with war.
As with past work the music sets a string quartet against electric guitars, piano, trumpets and the arsenal of the philharmonic orchestra all carefully crafted and wonderfully produced from live of the floor recordings.
Beautiful, haunting and endearing Horses in the sky is one of the most prolific albums produced this year; more pretentious post-rock you say well aren't most bands? Get this album and be converted.