Effing Illuminating, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra.

Effing Illuminating, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra.

Incomparably fantastic as it can be for a plan to come together, few pleasures come close to the gradual jigsaw-like assembly of a new Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra full-length record. This month is to be enlightened by one such entity, the excellently titled Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything anticipated January 20th, and slowly but surely, we should be getting a thoroughgoing feel as to how it’s to sound. First, came an endearingly candid excerpt from the this time appropriately named Austerity Blues, twitching static commingled with arcadian vocals and mesmerically penetrative bass refrains. Accordions and strings then ensue, the track gathering significant gusto as it swells and snowballs typically melodramatically, before it abates all too soon. Could do with another ten minutes or so of the below hysteria…

And then came the seesawing, rickety wonder that is Take Away These Early Grave Blues – a rather more rambunctious number that, at once simultaneously, so too strangely redolent of both The Cure and the ‘Memorial Orchestra’s labelmates Esmerine, suggests Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything may well prove to be as confrontational an album as its title so flagrantly suggests. But whatever way, shape or indeed form said record may go on to take, rest assured that we’ll be keeping the closest of intent tabs on it.

Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is due January 20th on Constellation Records, whilst Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra take to Koko February 23rd.

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