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Lift Your Tiny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
Kranky Records

Rating: 9/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Only a band this detailed could get away with album artwork this bland, and only a band this intricate could get away with album titles of such verbosity. If The School of Instrumental Music were ever on trial for Unnecessary Existence, this Canadian octet (2x bass, 2x percussion, 2x guitars, cello, violin) would be the character witness to save the defense. Using tension and minimalism to build an expansive wall of sound circling everything and nothing in particularly, Godspeed You! Black Emperor constructs music as sonic igloos. The blocks are cut, angled and gently stacked together in a framework of inner reliance that is contrastingly solid and fragile. The notes, now in solid state, could quickly change into a less manageable state. This aural architecture is never far enough from mayhem to not dissolve and topple.

This double-album is the shoegazer and indie rock snob's answer to the record breaking Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins, proving that sometimes having too much of a good thing is nearly impossible. The release is further cut into quarters with STORM, STATIC, SLEEP and ANTENNAS TO HEAVEN and, although there is somewhat of a noticeable spread between the sections of Lift Your Tiny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven, the overall organization and procession of the material provides continuity.

I honestly find reviewing an album such as this to be the proverbial can of worms, one that I am far too lacking in ambition to open. For fans of Mogwai, Labradford, Codeine and anything else remotely creative or complex, Lift Your Tiny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven works equally well as two stand alone blocks of excellence or as one expansive structure. Nine-point-oh.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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