Day 150: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

28 Jul


Post-rock.  Not a subgenre that I consider myself all too familiar with.  That needs to change, though.  Godspeed is freaking good.

This was a very strange record for me.  There are four tracks in total, yet it clocks in at almost an hour and a half.  Each track is made up of a bunch of different movements or whatever, all with their own crazy musical names that go right over my head.

There ain’t no vocals, either.   At all.  That’s another weird thing.  I did know that would be the case going in, otherwise I would have been thinking something along the lines of “where are the words?” for the entire record.

Essentially, this is classical music through an indie rock filter.   There’s plenty of guitar and whatnot, along with some acoustic instruments that I consider “classical” (violin and others).  Some knowledge of instruments or music in general could really help me not sound like a complete dumbass here.  Oh well.

So, I bet you’re thinking that this doesn’t sound like a record that I would like.  I’m just as surprised as you.  It’s unbelievably catchy at points, and never really gets boring.  It’s also fairly easy to listen to.  Essentially, Skinny Fists is perfect background music.  I’m not sure if I would want to sit in silence and listen to this record, but it’s good for when focusing on something else. 

Oh, by the way, I’m getting home from writing camp tomorrow.  Expect the blog to be back to it’s normal standard of excellence.  I realize that my posts have kind of sucked over the past three weeks.


2 Responses to “Day 150: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven”

  1. Ty Jones July 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Godspeed is sweet. Enough so that I actually OWN their CD. WHAAAT?!?!

  2. David Chops August 2, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    I am glad to see you branching out. Lookit: you are enjoying long instrumental cuts without conventional melodies and finding them catchy. Loving it. I have a suggestion – though this is really going to take you out of the periods that you have been listening to . How about you sample a little Thelonius Monk? Monk’s music is a little difficult but it is definitely catchy. A good place to start with Thelonius is the late 1950s (Monk’s Music, Brilliant Corners, The Thelonius Monk Orchestra at Town Hall). I make no promises but I suspect that you may enjoy.

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