Horses In The Sky
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Reviews
“[T]ouching and beautiful... This staggered use of choir…is extremely effective, set against the backdrop of splintered chamber arrangements and coarse, demanding strings.”
The Wire

“There's almost a pagan/religious quality to these tracks, with voices springing out of nothing, imbued with fiery spirit.”
Ink 19

“SMZ seem to have completely abandoned the intense, string-laden, vocal-less pieces for a cohesive, understandable message album… This album is by far the Silver Mt. Zion's best work.”
Culture Bunker

“[T]hese compositions are impregnated with a strangely opulent and worryingly irresistible desperation… [T]his meticulously meditated montage of plaintive pianos, rustic guitars and dissonant string clusters battering harmonic ranges, has all the tenderness of a hand extended.”
Lost At Sea

“Silver Mt. Zion (SMZ) have finally crystallized their sounds into a cohesive and beautifully vulnerable assemblage of tracks… [T]he remarkably human character of the voices provides a chilling and intense musical experience.”
Emmie Magazine

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Description
“We recorded some of it next to a campfire by the river, and the sleepy birds even chirped a little there beneath the moonlit trees; “yes we are oh yes we are thee silver mt. zion memorial orchestra and tra-la-la band”… troubled fingers strive to knit upward ladders, joyously; THESE SONGS ARE STICKY, WORRIED KNOTS – everyone sang and handclapped too – (we learned to play these songs on the road mostly…)
“THIS IS OUR TORCHED ESTATES” = 6 busted “waltzes” for world wars 4 thru 6, or the sound of our nervous unit collapsing across sing-song eruptions of anxious light and clumsy heat, “mysteryandwonder, messy hearts made of thunder,” tape recordered at thee mighty hotel2tango for all the GENTLE dreamers to cradle or discard… the politics of it is just love thy neighbour mostly, or heartbroken temper tantrums for grumpy refusers, or saucy anthems for all the stubborn dumbass resistance cadres maybe…(first song’s about war and drug addiction, fourth song’s about kanada, and the rest of it is all love songs trulytrulytruly…) the indignant critics amongst us should note that as usual there’s more questions than answers here, more complaints than solutions, and at times the group singing is a little out of tune; the name of the record is “horses in the sky”, and we thank you all for still listening".Release date: 4 April 2005 (Europe), 21 March 2005 (rest of world) Running time: 58:29
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Tracklist
1. God Bless Our Dead Marines
2. Mountains Made Of Steam
3. Horses In The Sky
4. Teddy Roosevelt’s Guns
5. Hang On To Each Other
6. Ring Them Bells (Freedom Has Come And Gone)


Credits
PERSONNEL
Beckie: cello, voice
Efrim: guitar, piano, voice
Ian: guitar, harmonium, voice
Jessica: violin, piano, glasses, voice
Scott: drums, percussion, guitar, mandolin, voice
Sophie: violin, trumpet, glasses, voice
Thierry: contrabass, glasses, harmonica, voice

Recorded at thee mighty Hotel2Tango in Montreal by Howard Bilerman. TRACK 5 recorded at Garfield’s fire pit. Mixed by Howard Bilerman and the Tra-La-La Band. Mastered by J.F. Chicoine