Pissing Stars
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Reviews
“Pissing Stars is a fever dream whose central tensions feel all too real. Of course, Menuck never has and is never likely to create straightforward, routine, or prosaic music. Consequently, it's down to his expressive soundscapes to drive the narrative. Yet abstraction is never a barrier to intent on Pissing Stars. It's Menuck's gift that he can take chilling melody lines and unsettled, often ugly, effects and turn out something so beguiling, like a trick of the light; desperate, terrifying and strangely beautiful. He shows little fatigue when it comes to feeling: empathy is never frustrated by the apparent horrors. Pissing Stars is mysterious yet relatable, and a distinctly singular experience. He takes the grandeur of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s music and distils it down to a heady, potent concentrate that expands the landscape of his post-rock origins.”
Drowned In Sound (8/10)

“Menuck delivers a stunning return to solo form in Pissing Stars. The disappointed tone in the album’s title reflects its heavy mood of deep introspection and struggle — and this one hurts. A lot. The album is a thorough dive into cosmic post-instrumentation, riddled with constantly swelling crescendos, unconventional drones and chilling vocals. As the album progresses, the constant low buzz of various notes maintains a feeling of anxiety and a sense of urgency. Vocal melodies are often delivered more like a chazzan or cantor than typical song, creating an air of cosmic spirituality when mixed with the electric arrangements. Pissing Stars is an album that will make people feel, even if they’ve avoided feeling for a long time.”
The Gauntlet

“Efrim Manuel Menuck has created a work influenced by the most bizarre and intriguing of stories, which isn’t simply being talked about in the tracks but rather given the space to influence the mood and feeling of the album Pissing Stars itself – a much different kind of concept album. There’s an incredibly bizarre element to much of this, from the concept to the creation of the album itself, though it is all one that adds up to something incredibly lasting and touching. There’s a fresh variety to the music, ranging from experimental drones to garage rock outs, all packaged into something wonderfully cohesive that brings the entire album together. A remarkable solo achievement from one of Constellation Records most creative of forces…a phenomenal musical experience.”
Echoes and Dust

“Whether it's his wailing, screwdriver-induced guitar tone buoying up through a crescendo in Godspeed You! Black Emperor, or his arrestingly naked vocal performances in Thee Silver Mt Zion, Efrim Menuck is a conjuror of distinct sounds. His contributions to innovative Canadian rock music cannot be understated. These songs are built around dense drones, warped guitar loops, and scatterings of noise that are simultaneously enticing and intimidating. Pissing Stars plays like a text that invites rereading and re-deciphering. It is intimate and alienating; friendly and mysterious; and, most importantly, a whole lot of eerie fun for any listener interested in experimental music.”
Exclaim (8/10)

“If you are by any chance expecting the king of post-rock dystopian visions (I’m not sure if he would be pleased with that title) is coming up with something a bit more light-hearted, you might simply search for something else, or wait for another time. Menuck’s visions are certainly anything but impenetrable, as he’s got a brilliant musical touch that usually hits right to the point. He’s able to draw the listener into his visions with intricate musical changes that have their ebb and flow, that are bleak and revealing. Pissing Stars is an album that unwinds, making you peel its layers slowly, reaping rewards along the way. He did it again.”
Soundblab (8/10)

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Pissing Stars is a fever dream whose central tensions feel all too real…mysterious yet relatable, and a distinctly singular experience. It's Menuck's gift that he can take chilling melody lines and unsettled, often ugly, effects and turn out something so beguiling, like a trick of the light; desperate, terrifying and strangely beautiful.” Drowned In Sound (8/10)
 
“A stunning return to solo form. A thorough dive into cosmic post-instrumentation, riddled with constantly swelling crescendos, unconventional drones and chilling vocals. Pissing Stars is an album that will make people feel, even if they’ve avoided feeling for a long time.” The Gauntlet
 
“A remarkable solo achievement from one of Constellation Records most creative of forces...a phenomenal musical experience.” Echoes and Dust
 
Pissing Stars plays like a text that invites rereading and re-deciphering. It is intimate and alienating; friendly and mysterious; and, most importantly, a whole lot of eerie fun for any listener interested in experimental music.” Exclaim (8/10)
 
“An album that unwinds, making you peel its layers slowly, reaping rewards along the way. He did it again.” Soundblab (8/10)
 
 
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Efrim Manuel Menuck returns with his second album Pissing Stars, the brilliantly intense follow-up to his 2011 solo debut Plays “High Gospel” and the first new material with Menuck as central songwriter and vocalist since 2014’s acclaimed Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything from his chamber-punk-rock band Thee Silver Mt. Zion.
 
The Montréal-based co-founder of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion has much-deserved cult status among fans of political punk, post-rock and avant-noise songcraft. Menuck celebrates 25 years of unflinching and uncompromising sonic output with Pissing Stars, wherein he launches acerbic darts, impassioned salvos and fragile flowers into gusts of noise-battered song built around pulsing maximalist electronics and drone, composed on modular synthesizer and guitar, shot through with alternately plaintive, chilling, often processed vocals. Pissing Stars is Menuck at his most vulnerable and his most adventurous – with a timely narrative framework that only he could conjure.
 

PISSING STARS is inspired by the brief romance of american television presenter MARY HART and MOHAMMED KHASHOGGI, the son of a saudi arms dealer. i don’t know how long their union endured, but i remember reading about them when i was a desperate teenager – there was something about their pairing that got caught in my head. i was living in a flooded basement with two other lost kids and a litter of feral kittens. we were all unfed. this strange intersection – the televisual blonde and the rich saudi kid with the murderous father; it got stuck in me like a mystery, like an illumination – this vulgar pairing that was also love. these privileged scions of death and self-alienation, but also love. i’ve carried it in me for 3 decades now, this obscure memory, and i return to it often, tracing its edges like a worn talisman. this record is about the dissolution of their relationship, and the way that certain stubborn lights endure. this record was made in dark corners between 2016 and 2017. a very rough pair of years, shot thru with fatigue, depression, despair, and too many cigarettes and too much booze. but also = the giddiness of enervation, and the strange liberation of being emptied – borne aloft and carried by the drift. the world continues its eternal collapsing, fires everywhere and everything drained of meaning. this record was made in various states of unease, with a brittle heart and a clear intent. like running towards a cliff with 2 swinging knives, roaring with an idiot grin. overcome and overjoyed. this record is about the end of love and the beginning of love. this record is about the dissolution of the state, and all of us trapped beneath, and the way that certain stubborn lights endure. – ExMxMx
 

Packaging notes
Audiophile 180gram pressing in midnight ultra-black vinyl from Optimal (Germany) comes in a 350gsm jacket with artworked inner sleeve and 12"x19" art poster, all printed on uncoated matte papers and boards, featuring original artwork by Menuck.
 
 
Tracklist
1. Black Flags Ov Thee Holy Sonne
2. The State And Its Love And Genocide
3. The Lion-Daggers Of Calais
4. Kills v. Lies
5. Hart_Khashoggi
6. A Lamb In The Land Of Payday Loans
7. LxOxVx/Shelter In Place
8. The Beauty Of Children And The War Against The Poor
9. Pissing Stars
 
Release date: 02 February 2018
Running time: 46:17
 
 
Credits
PERSONNEL 
ExMxMx: Richter Wogglebug, Rene, Grendel D.C.2., The Gristleizer, Dual Borg, Mangrove, Maths, SxTxOx, RS-35, Rotating Clock Divider, Sonic XV, SxMxRx, Minitaur, OP-1, Telharmonic, Electric Guitar, Piano, Voice
 
GUESTS
Ezra Steamtrain Moss Menuck: Vocals (1)
Louise Michel Jackson: Vocals (8)
 
Written, played and recorded by ExMxMx at Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango and upstairs from Dino's.
 
Mastered by Harris Newman at Greymarket
 
Album artwork by ExMxMx