Post-Rock is a beautiful genre.
My friends and I came up with this at the bar tonight.
You have good friends.
So it’s 7 minutes past midnight, and for the last hour and a half I have just exposed to what I might believe to be my new favourite album of all time: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
Defining this album is probably easiest to compare it to that of a book: It’s storytelling at its finest. It ranges from moody, dwindling sections, full of strings and delayed guitars, to huge roaring, melodious passages that just, man, sound so gooooood.
I haven’t really exposed myself to much post-rock instrumental music, with the closest to listening to that style being that of Russian Circles latest LP, or Deafheaven’s instrumental passages within last year’s insanely good record Sunbather. And after having a phase of listening to lots of Brand New, this record was like a breath of fresh air.
What gets me most with this record is just the sheer complexity, and beauty, that the band have created through the use of textures. There’s four songs on this record, so each track is extremely long, but the motifs and ideas span throughout, helping to tell the story it is trying to tell. And this excites me a lot; I don’t really know what the story is. When listening I just pictured what was happening, but I can’t wait to start looking into the making of the album, seeing what they were trying to tell, and exploring how they’ve used their instruments as story-telling devices.
All-in-all, this is quite simply a gem of an album, and one that has completely taken a hold of me. I went into it completely unknowing, and what GY!BE have made me feel - and experience - is quite staggering.
It’s hard to believe this was a flop when it came out because it’s basically considered a masterpiece now…
It’s an album that has so many samples in it they are still getting sued over it and at the time they spent (an unheard of sum at the time) $250,000 for sample clearance.
One of the greatest albums ever this one
The pessimism and constant self-depreciation that people reblog and post on Tumblr really angers me. Why do thousands of people feel the need to tell the rest of the world how awful they think they are? Surely that’s just going to make you feel more awful? If you’re sad, don’t go freaking sharing it on a blogging site, go talk to someone real. Be happy about who you are!
This is a song about losing one’s virginity.
It is also a song about losing one’s virginity in the circumstance of lust.
It is also a song about being pushed into losing one’s virginity by another person.
It is also a song about someone who is beginning to regret the choice they made about losing their virginity.
It is also a song about someone who has given up with relationships and has resorted to just having sex with someone at a party.
Now, if this doesn’t connect to the current generation, in which we are immersed in casual sex and a craving to have it, I don’t know what does. It’s a sad reality to what the western world, and partying, has come to accept. What the song says about this is how much of a deal it is, how odd and sad it is that there is almost a race to lose one’s virginity, and the way modern culture has shown it to be a way of ‘growing up’, and in the essence of the song, becoming a ‘man’.
His stomach turns and he thinks of throwing up.
But the body on the bed beckons forward
and he starts growing up.
The way these lines are portrayed represent a person that is trying to see the light in the situation, to see it as ‘growing up’, no matter how wrong, and how much of a failed choice it is to him. The shouted lines in the chorus of ‘Die young and save yourself!’ resonate loud within the listeners ear, and although completely hyperbolic (I’m sure Jesse doesn’t want you to kill yourself), represent a metaphoric way in which when you grow up, and start becoming less innocent (with unmarital sex being the end of all innocence), that ‘killing yourself’ is the only way to avoid such things happen when you are surrounded by people urging you to do such a thing:
Despite everything he learned from his friends,
he doesn’t feel so prepared.
She’s breathing quiet and smooth.
He’s gasping for air.
“This is the first and last time,” he says.
She fakes a smile and presses her hips into his.
He keeps his hands pinned down at his sides.
He’s holding back from telling her
exactly what it really feels like.
The whole concept of the song is simply fantastic. The way that Jesse writes in a way that shows a man concerned with his own ways, who is being manipulated by another woman and his friends into having sex is a very true-to-life story. The way it makes a big deal out of sex, with the unconventional narrative of following the man being pushed into such a thing, reveals that maybe we should think about our actions when resorting to sex, and think about who we are and what we are doing.
The song is about growing up.
Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3YVKTxTOgU
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