Canada - Full Moon 51 - 12/11/00
Godspeed You Black Emperor!
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (a.k.a. Levez Vos Skinny
Fists Comme Antennas To Heaven) is Godspeed You Black Emperor!'s (GYBE) second
long-player. Yes, l-o-o-o-ng player, right. A double album holding close to 90 minutes
of music. Massive is an understatement. GYBE create epic operas for a new world. Or
telling horror tales of disasters to come.
Last year's Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada E.P. was a stunning piece of work.
Their first album, F# A# Infinity, was interesting, but the EP showed brilliance.
Therefor I was pretty excited when putting on these vinyl discs. The Canadian 9-some
create soundscapes beyond most other "rock" bands. As always we're talking almost
entirely instrumental music, except some spoken word pieces here and there. They're
monumental and minimalistic at the same time, blasting off with strings and horns and
guitars, mixed with field recordings and samples. From the quietly opening tunes of
the title track they switch back and forth from a calm ocean to cascading waves of
musical "water". They make noise, they swirl and spin, they push and pull, they whisper
and roar, they stand still and move. Through phases of former and future lives.
Each side of the LP has got its own theme: Side 1 is called Storm, 2 is
Static, 3 is Sleep, and 4 is Antennas To Heaven. It's hard to
define the various parts on Lift Your Skinny... as "songs", but they do have
titles. Odd (and long!) titles like Cancer Towers On Holy Road Hi-Way,
Terrible Canyons Of Static, World Police And Friendly Fire, She Dreamt
She Was A Bulldozer, She Dreamt She Was Alone In An Empty Field, and
Attention...Mon Ami...Fa-Lala-Lala-La-La. Not to mention Edgyswingsetacid or
Put the lights out, turn up the music, and lay back. You'll be taken places that you've
never been. As the inner sleeve liner notes states: "...more awkward pirouettes in the
general direction of hope and joy..." Apocalypse Now!
Copyright © 2000 Håvard Oppøyen