Godspeed You, Sufjan Stevens

30 Mar

On occasion, this blog concerns itself with music rather than writing. And today is such a day. March 30th is a special day – well, for me it is, at any rate.

Music plays a big part in my life. Most music doesn’t interest me. From time to time, though, something catches my attention and I’m hooked. As with literature, I like music that’s a little different, that pushes frontiers. Two such artists are the American singer-songwriter, Sufjan Stevens and the Canadian post-rock band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Years pass without a release from either of them and then today, there are new albums out by both. Stevens plays around with time signatures and whispers over acoustic instruments in an angelic croon. He announced that he was working on the ‘Fifty States Project’, writing an album about each of the states of the USA. Only Michigan and Illinois ever appeared. No matter – they’re both brilliant. By contrast, GYBE are loud and dark, their compositions relying on repetition and the development of motifs. Their work is purely instrumental. The music tells the story. On their last release was a track called ‘Mladic’, twenty minutes of raging noise that transport the listener across two decades to the nightmare in the Balkans.

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Jolly cloudscapes floating across the listener’s mind…

I’m on holiday from work, which means that I’ll be able to walk into town and buy both albums. How exciting is that? And it’s very nearly writing den time too…

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4 Responses to “Godspeed You, Sufjan Stevens”

  1. masgautsen March 30, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    I really like Sufjan Stevens too! Have a happy easter and enjoy the time off from work 🙂

  2. Mari Biella March 30, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    Happy Easter, Paul! Enjoy your time at the writing den.

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