A Silver Mt. Zion
A Silver Mt. Zion
Despite this, he continued the project out of a desire to experiment with ideas that would not work within the context of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The decision to record an album was partly inspired by the death of his dog Wanda, who had died while Godspeed You! Black Emperor was on tour. He wanted to record an album in her memory, but did not feel that he could effectively do this through Godspeed's collective, consensus format. Unlike Godspeed You! Black Emperor, A Silver Mt. Zion's music often features vocals.
The last few albums they have released contain no purely instrumental tracks. Efrim confessed that he was uncomfortable with this at first, feeling "foolish" and uncomfortable with the role of the singer in music generally. That is, he did not want to be the focus of the band's music but rather wished to use vocals as a stylistic tool. Some fans were initially ambivalent about the use of vocals, but Efrim's poetic lyrical style is now well respected among fans.
Furthermore, A Silver Mt. Zion's fanbase has expanded, and they are no longer seen merely as an offshoot of Godspeed You! Black Emperor but as a unique and separate entity. The addition of members has moved their music from a well weighted, and curiously empty (in terms of space) sound to all encompassing and complex arrangements, recently focusing more on vocal layers. Other than the main three members, various other people joined the band for recording and touring including: Beckie Foon, Ian Ilavsky, Jessica Moss and Scott Levine Gilmore. A Silver Mt. Zion: 2000: He Has Left Us Alone, but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms... The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band: 2001: Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward Thee Silver Mt.
Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band With Choir: 2003: "This Is Our Punk-Rock," Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing, Thee Silver Mountain Reveries: 2004: Pretty Little Lightning Paw (EP) Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band: 2005: Horses in the Sky 2008: 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra: 2010: Kollaps Tradixionales 2012: The West Will Rise Again (EP) 2014: Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything 2014: Hang On to Each Other (EP) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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