"Luciferian Towers"
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Reviews
“Godspeed You! Black Emperor conjure a rare sort of glorious joy to push back against a world so susceptible to corruption that it might only evolve under a bombardment of large, persistent sound waves. Vital, vibrant, and necessary, Luciferian Towers is a stunning addition to Godspeed's storied catalogue.”
Exclaim (9/10)

“Stands as one of the best albums of the year. ‘Bosses Hang’ is the best thing Godspeed has written in years. Each riff positively blossoms into the next, never lingering for too long on any one musical idea. Every note speaks for itself. The band’s sonic apocalypticism has overtones of hope. Luciferian Towers is excellent.”
Pretty Much Amazing (A-)

“It is demanding, complex, wordless music, directed in part at the off-switch of the information age. Godspeed expects an interpretive exchange from its listeners, and rewards surrender to the transaction...precise in its dissonance and generous with its emotions. ‘Anthem For No State’ is one of the most beautiful things that Godspeed has ever put down.”
NPR

“One could be forgiven for fearing a sort of inevitability about a new Godspeed You! Black Emperor album. How refreshing to encounter Luciferian Towers, an album that, while not exactly wrong-footing anyone – after all, no other current band sounds like this – is certainly not Godspeed-by-numbers either: the four pieces here are shorn of the band’s trademark ethereal anxiety and free from the baleful field recordings that used to shape past records so pungently. What remains is a compact, concise and tidy suite of consistently anthemic…by far the most direct Godspeed album to date. It is also the group’s most hopeful record, which becomes the defining characteristic right from the off. Given 2017’s calamitous global tableau, a record like Luciferian Towers would have every right to be dissident and ugly, despondent and bleak. That it’s not is what makes it slyly revelatory of Godspeed’s true spirit: instead of forlorn dejection, there’s a sense that this is the sound of Godspeed fighting against the fear with a call to arms, the album’s lean, wiry muscularity a hymn to the virtues of getting organised, acquiring a sense of order and developing a hierarchy to counter the chaos of now. Luciferian Towers sounds like a band banishing their brittle side with a display of populist strength, music to directly accompany a righteous, fearless march into battle. Let the wailing and the gnashing of teeth come to an end, they seem to be saying, and the action begin.”
Loud & Quiet (8/10)

“No one working in this genre does [it] better. Godspeed’s music is undergirded by its musicians’ radical leftist politics and that means there’s hope rather than despair at its heart—a belief that collective struggle against our overlords is a battle worth fighting instead of a foregone conclusion to surrender to. It’s this spirit that animates Luciferian Towers, their impeccably composed, most melodic and powerfully positive-sounding album to date.”
Pitchfork (7.3)

“The band still builds giant sonic structures with guitars, drums, and violins, stretching out into song suites that can last for 15 minutes or more. In fact, two of those suites make up the bulk of Luciferian Towers: ‘Anthem For No State’ is the lengthy three-part comedown after the brutal, beautifully intense three-part ‘Bosses Hang,’ which is one of the band’s strongest compositions ever put to tape. Whether the music conveys the band’s intended political message can’t be definitively said, but at least they keep making incredible sounds to smash the state by.”
AV Club (B+)

“Godspeed has taken measured steps closer to beauty. It’s not a record of mourning, as much of the collective’s music has been described. Instead, it feels more like a call to action and creation. The world is ruined — but all of us are still here. It’s not a revolutionary message for Godspeed, which has been delivering variations of this for almost 20 years. But it still sounds like a revolution.”
LA Times

“Godspeed’s ability to let beautiful, subtle soundscapes degrade into noise before forging them into punishing climaxes remains untrammelled.  ‘Bosses Hang’ is more uplifting than destructive, while ‘Anthem For No State’ is an atavistic festival of reverb and degenerating riffs, partially giving way to a stunning violin motif at a climax as mesmerising as anything the Canadians have ever accomplished. GYBE's apocalyptic vision remains as relevant and powerful as ever.”
The Skinny (4/5)

“At some point, Canadian post-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor will realize their creative scope is finite, right? Wrong! Once again, the nine-piece collective that never ceases to amaze, lulls listeners with a record exceptionally postured by the band’s unique instrumental punch. Once again, Godspeed You! Black Emperor delivers catharsis.”
Riff Magazine

“On Luciferian Towers, their seventh album in all, Godspeed remain as undefinable and uncompromising in their approach and ideas as ever. This characteristic applies equally to the music they produce and the social and political concepts that drive them. Whatever some might think about their convictions, the passion behind those ideas and beliefs seem to drive this band to produce such undefinable yet simultaneously exhilarating music. ‘Anthem For No State’ in all of its three parts is some of the best music the band has recorded in the studio so far. This album is a compelling listen that must be heard.”
Soundblab (10/10)

"An instrumental masterpiece that reflects our times without resorting to political bluster. Godspeed You! Black Emperor are true sonic explorers, albeit with relatively traditional instruments, and in Luciferian Towers they take jazz, classical and electronica influences and wrap them in a post-rock blanket driven by a Sun Ra-type wonderlust to take their sound to interesting places without ever threatening to spin off into self-indulgent noodling. Luciferian Towers is a thing of great beauty that spans the chasm between Michael Gira’s feral Swans and ambient minimalists Kuro at their most adventurous."
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“Stands as one of the best albums of the year. ‘Bosses Hang’ is the best thing Godspeed has written in years. Each riff positively blossoms into the next, never lingering for too long on any one musical idea. Every note speaks for itself. The band’s sonic apocalypticism has overtones of hope. Luciferian Towers is excellent.” PRETTY MUCH AMAZING (A-)
 
“It is demanding, complex, wordless music, directed in part at the off-switch of the information age. Godspeed expects an interpretive exchange from its listeners, and rewards surrender to the transaction...precise in its dissonance and generous with its emotions. ‘Anthem For No State’ is one of the most beautiful things that Godspeed has ever put down.” NPR
 
“No one working in this genre does [it] better. Godspeed’s music is undergirded by its musicians’ radical leftist politics and that means there’s hope rather than despair at its heart—a belief that collective struggle against our overlords is a battle worth fighting instead of a foregone conclusion to surrender to. It’s this spirit that animates Luciferian Towers, their impeccably composed, most melodic and powerfully positive-sounding album to date.” PITCHFORK (7.3)
 
“The band still builds giant sonic structures with guitars, drums, and violins, stretching out into song suites that can last for 15 minutes or more. In fact, two of those suites make up the bulk of Luciferian Towers: ‘Anthem For No State’ is the lengthy three-part comedown after the brutal, beautifully intense three-part ‘Bosses Hang,’ which is one of the band’s strongest compositions ever put to tape. Whether the music conveys the band’s intended political message can’t be definitively said, but at least they keep making incredible sounds to smash the state by.” AV CLUB (B+)
 
“Godspeed has taken measured steps closer to beauty. It’s not a record of mourning, as much of the collective’s music has been described. Instead, it feels more like a call to action and creation. The world is ruined — but all of us are still here. It’s not a revolutionary message for Godspeed, which has been delivering variations of this for almost 20 years. But it still sounds like a revolution.” LA TIMES


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this, this long-playing record, a thing we made in the midst of communal mess, raising dogs and children. eyes up and filled with dreadful joy – we aimed for wrong notes that explode, a quiet muttering amplified heavenward. we recorded it all in a burning motorboat.
 
(context as follows:)
 
1. UNDOING A LUCIFERIAN TOWERS – look at that fucking skyline! big lazy money writ in dull marble obelisks! imagine all those buildings much later on, hollowed out and stripped bare of wires and glass, listen- the wind is whistling through all 3,000 of its burning window-holes!
 
2. BOSSES HANG – labor, alienated from the wealth it creates, so that holy cow, most of us live precariously! kicking at it, but barely hanging on! also – the proud illuminations of our shortened lives! also – more of us than them! also – what we need now is shovels, wells, and barricades!
 
3. FAM / FAMINE – how they kill us = absentee landlord, burning high-rise. the loud panics of child-policemen and their exploding trigger-hands. with the dull edge of an arbitrary meritocracy. neglect, cancer maps, drone strike, famine. the forest is burning and soon they’ll hunt us like wolves.
 
4. ANTHEM FOR NO STATE – kanada, emptied of its minerals and dirty oil. emptied of its trees and water. a crippled thing, drowning in a puddle, covered in ants. the ocean doesn’t give a shit because it knows it’s dying too.
 
 
finally and in conclusion;
the “luciferian towers” L.P. was informed by the following grand demands:
+ an end to foreign invasions
+ an end to borders
+ the total dismantling of the prison-industrial complex
+ healthcare, housing, food and water acknowledged as an inalienable human right
+ the expert fuckers who broke this world never get to speak again
 
 
much love to all the other lost and wondering ones,
xoxoxox god’s pee / montréal / 4 juillet, 2017

 
 
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Packaging notes
CD comes in a custom mini-gatefold jacket printed on thick 24pt. 100% recycled Orford uncoated paperboard with a printed CD inner sleeve.
 
LP is pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl at Optimal (Germany) and comes in a gatefold jacket with a printed inner dust sleeve, a 24" x 24" pull-out art poster, and a download code for 320kbps MP3 of the album audio. All printed in uncoated papers and boards.
 
 
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Tracklist

1. Undoing A Luciferian Towers
2. Bosses Hang 
3. Fam / Famine
4. Anthem For No State 


Release date: 22 September 2017
Running time: 43:50


Credits
PERSONNEL 
Aidan Girt: Drums 
David Bryant: Electric guitar, MG-One
Efrim Manuel Menuck: Electric guitar, organ, OP-1
Mauro Pezzente: Electric bass 
Michael Moya: Electric guitar 
Sophie Trudeau: Violins, organ
Thierry Amar: Contrebasse, electric bass 
Timothy Herzog: Drums
Karl Lemieux & Philippe Leonard: 16mm film projections


GUESTS ON TRACK ONE
Bonnie Kane (saxophone, flute, electronics) 
Craig Pederson (trumpet) 
 
Recorded by Greg Norman at Thee Hotel2Tango. 
Mixed by Greg Norman and GYBE at Thee Hotel2Tango. 
Masted by Harris Newman at Greymarket.