‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

CST111    180gLP / CD / DL
Out 31 March 2015
Here’s the last of our new releases for Spring 2015: ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’, the sixth full-length album from Montreal collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The follow-up to their universally acclaimed 2012 LP+7″ ‘ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND! presents the first newly-composed work from the group since their 2010 reformation, road-tested over the past two years of touring as the sprawling long-form piece informally known as “Behemoth.”

The album releases March 31; look below for an excerpt of the album opener “Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!” and for a recap GY!BE’s upcoming tour dates in Europe and Calgary’s Sled Island Festival, or head to our RELEASE PAGE for full album info and preorder options.


07.04.15 Hamburg, DE Markthalle
08.04.15 Essen, DE Weststadt Halle
09.04.15 Munich, DE Freiheiz
10.04.15 Milan, IT Live Club
11.04.15 Bologna, IT Estragon
12.04.15 Lausanne, CH Les Docks
15.04.15 Lyon, FR Le Transbordeur
16.04.15 Lille, FR L’Aeronef
17.04.15 Manchester, UK Albert Hall
18.04.15 Dublin, IE Vicar Street
19.04.15 Glasgow, UK ABC
20.04.15 London, UK Sheppards Bush Empire
22.04.15 Paris, FR Bataclan
24.04.15 Dijon, FR La Vapeur
25.04.15 Winterthur, CH Salzhaus
26.04.15 Krems, AT Donau Festival
28.04.15 Strassbourg, FR La Laiterie
29.04.15 Brussels, BE Cirque Royal
30.04.15 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso
01.05.15 The Hague, NL Rewire Festival
25.06.15 Calgary, CA Sled Island Festival
26.06.15 Calgary, CA Sled Island Festival
04.07.15 Reykjavik, IS ATP Iceland

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group’s earliest days in 1997-99. ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’ clocks in at a succinct 40:23 and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band’s career. Working with sound engineer Greg Norman (Electrical Audio) at studios in North Carolina and Montreal, GYBE slowly and steadily put the new album together through late 2013 and 2014, emerging with a mighty slab of superlative sonics, shot through with all the band’s inimitable signposts and touchstones: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorched-earth transitions.

Following Godspeed’s return from a long hiatus at the end of 2010 to begin playing live shows again, and with the hugely acclaimed ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! release in 2012 marking their first new release in a decade, the group continued to perform regularly on their own headlining tours (and as headliners at many leading festivals), often including a new multi-movement piece in concert over the past couple of years. Known to fans and through live show recordings by the sobriquet “Behemoth”, GYBE has gradually distilled this new work down to a fastidious and uncompromising essence in the studio, with the swing-time swagger of the opening unison riff in “Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!'” giving way to increasing microtonal divergences and an exhilarating immersion in the harmonic power of massed amplified instruments, before collapsing into some of the most visceral and unalloyed noise/drone the band has yet committed to tape on “Lambs’ Breath” and “’Asunder, Sweet’”. The album closes with “Piss Crowns Are Trebled”, a classic 14-minute piece of vintage Godspeed, where ascending and descending guitar and violin melodies intertwine over gut-rattling distorted bass in 3/4 time, segueing into a pummeling four-on-the-floor series of sparkling, soaring crescendos

‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’ finds Godspeed in top form; a sterling celebration of the band’s awesome dialectic, where composition, emotion and ‘note-choice’ is inextricable from an exacting focus on tone, timbre, resonance and the sheer materiality of sound. The album is available on 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeve and insert poster, on CD in a 100% recycled custom paperboard jacket, and on all manner of formats in our fractured digital marketplace.

Thanks for listening.