He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corner Of Our Rooms...
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“[A] stunning achievement.”
Copper Press

“[T]his is disquietingly beautiful stuff.”

“[T]he minimalism of the tracks on this album contribute an austere beauty. But, far from being ascetic, this album is one of the most emotional and visceral works I've heard from any band in quite some time.”
The Brain

“[A]t one and the same time quiet, introverted, and intimate yet massive, expansive, and uplifting - in every single melancholic draw of the violin bow on "broken chords can sing a little" is a resonance of hope.”

“[S]tunning epics of crumbling despair… Highest possible recommendation.”

“Although A Silver Mt. Zion doesn't share the indignant anger of their main project, the subtle and more precious He has left us alone... is a thing of desperate beauty.”
Rock Sound

Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly UpwardThee SIlver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra   CD / 2x10" / DL
"This Is Our Punk-Rock" Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + SingThee SIlver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra   CD / 2xLP / DL
The "Pretty Little Lightning Paw" EPThee Silver Mountain Reveries   CD / 180gLP / DL
Horses In The SkyThee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra   CD / 2x180gLP / DL
13 Blues For Thirteen MoonsThee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra   CD / 2x180gLP / DL
Kollaps TradixionalesThee SIlver Mt. ZIon Memorial Orchestra   CD / CD+ / 2x10" / DL

A Silver Mt Zion (as the band was first known) was formed by Efrim, Thierry and Sophie (all of GY!BE) at the beginning of 1999, and after a debut performance at Constellation’s Musique Fragile concert series, the trio recorded this sublime debut record on 8-track at the original Hotel2Tango in November of that year. Starting with simple, stirring piano themes written by Efrim, the music swirls and sways with multiple violin tracks from Sophie and plucked contrebasse from Thierry (his first recording on upright acoustic bass). What initially began as a single long, sparse chamber piece evolved into more fully-orchestrated movements, interspersed with tapes, drones and loops, along with some vocals. Guest musicians include Aidan Girt (GY!BE, Exhaust, 1-Speed Bike), Gordon Krieger (Exhaust) and Sam Shalabi (Land Of Kush). Additional taped fragments are from Efrim’s archives, with contributions from Aidan. The resulting series of plaintive ensemble pieces shivers with intimate sadness. He Has Left Us Alone… is among the most requested records in our catalogue for film projects. The album was dedicated to Efrim’s dog Wanda.

Release date: 13 March 2000 (Europe), 27 March 2000 (rest of world)
Running time: 47:11

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1. Broken Chords Can Sing A Little
2. Sit In The Middle Of Three Galloping Dogs
3. Stumble Then Rise On Some Awkward Morning
4. Movie (Never Made).
5. 13 Angels Standing Guard 'Round The Side Of Your Bed
6. Long March Rocket Or Doomed Airliner.
7. Blown-out Joy From Heaven's Mercied Hole
8. For Wanda

Efrim: piano, guitar, organ, radio, voice
Thierry: contrabass, electric bass
Sophie: violin, voice

Aidan Girt: drums on TRACK 2; tapes on TRACK 8
Sam Shalabi: guitar on TRACK 7
Gordon Krieger: clarinet on TRACK 7

Recorded and mixed on 1/2" 8-track analog tape at Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango in Montreal by Efrim and Thierry, November 1999.
Mastered by Harris Newman.