The "Pretty Little Lightning Paw" EP
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“[A]bsolutely beautiful and breathtaking melodies that captivate your ears… The almost haunting quality of singing compliments the music perfectly.”
Canned Magazine

“[A] set of staggering, epic songs… [T]hese are less tiniest worried symphonies and more howls of humanity, in which roused caterwauling, feedback guitar, and buzzing violins stir up sounds to match restless souls.

“Within the space of these four songs the group encompass the earthiness of basic rock'n'roll energy and the elevated raptures of a space rock chorale... [T]he bulldozing garage rock sound of "More Action: Less Tears" metamorphosises into an anthemic, grandiose epic that's more than a little frayed around the edges… ”
The Wire

“These songs are new and spontaneous yet impeccably flowing and startlingly clear… This EP feels more creative, less planned than other releases by the collective, and with artists this talented, that approach works amazingly well.”
Delusions Of Adequacy

“ [T]he beauty of the whole release will capture me again and again... Through it all, Efrim is becoming a more capable and stronger vocalist, and the four voice choir adds real gusto to these fairly simple songs…”
The Brain

“There's simply no one better at wringing every last drop of emotion from a decaying guitar reverb.”
Rock Sound

He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace...A Silver Mt. Zion   CD / LP / DL
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
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

Originally available (on CD only) at shows during The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band European tour in Winter 2004, this record was officially released on both formats a few months later. The EP contains all new songs, with a total running time of just over 30 minutes. What began as studio sketches evolved, through a few intensive drunken nights, into a beautiful, unfettered set of tunes that confirmed Mt. Zion’s ongoing re-invention as a vocal-driven outfit and revealed Efrim’s growing strength as a lyricist. The results are deeply moving and utterly original in both poetics and sonics — songs that invoke a tender and hopeful collective consciousness wrought from mythic/mystic themes, motivated by the tiny graces and tragic failures of our contemporary communities and cultures.

“More Action! Less Tears!” opens the record – a noisy clarion call of chiming instrumental rock driven by a long wraparound riff and recorded live off the floor during the "This is Our Punk-Rock,"… sessions. This cut finds various Mt. Zion players trading instruments for the rock-out, with cascading tape treatments added by Efrim in the mixdown. Three more songs follow, which Efrim began recording in sporadic late-night sessions at the original Hotel2Tango in Montreal during the second half of 2003. All three were built up from Efrim’s initial vocals and guitar, with co-founding Mt Zion member Thierry collaborating closely on instrumental and backing vocal arrangements, and Jessica working up violin and vocal parts as well. A four-voice choir lends additional vocal support.

Release date: 10 May 2004
Running time: 30:16

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1. More Action! Less Tears!
2. Microphones In The Trees
3. Pretty Little Lightning Paw
4. There's A River In The Valley Made Of Melting Snow

Efrim: guitar, piano, organ, feedback, toybox, voice
Thierry: violin, bass, pianohandle, voice
Jessica: violin, voice
Ian: drums
Sophie: bass

Aimee: giddy yells on TRACK 1
Chad: voice on TRACKS 2,3
Nadia: voice on TRACKS 2,3

Tape recorded thee mighty Hotel2Tango in Montreal and ghettoblastered in Efrim’s living room. Mastered by Harris Newman.