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Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada [EP] (Single)

Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada [EP] by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Released: Mar 1999
Label: Kranky
While they may not have cared for the term "post-rock," GY!BE certainly exemplified it. On this two-song, 27-minute "EP" you'll hear rock's usual guitar-bass-drums distorto-thrum, but it's employed -- along with about two dozen other instruments (strings, chimes, horns, samples, etc.) -- to create a massive, undulating sea of sound. Instead of verses and choruses, we get one long crescendo; instead of lyrics, a field recording of a libertarian "poet" tearing into "the government." Like a two-act play, the drama builds and builds, finally exploding into coruscating cacophony.
Garrett Kamps

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