Silver Mt. Zion - Horses In The Sky - 2x LP
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Silver Mt. Zion - Horses In The Sky - 2x LP

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“We recorded some of it next to a campfire by the river, and the sleepy birds even chirped a little there beneath the moonlit trees; “yes we are oh yes we are thee silver mt. zion memorial orchestra and tra-la-la band”… troubled fingers strive to knit upward ladders, joyously; THESE SONGS ARE STICKY, WORRIED KNOTS – everyone sang and handclapped too – (we learned to play these songs on the road mostly…)

“THIS IS OUR TORCHED ESTATES” = 6 busted “waltzes” for world wars 4 thru 6, or the sound of our nervous unit collapsing across sing-song eruptions of anxious light and clumsy heat, “mysteryandwonder, messy hearts made of thunder,” tape recordered at thee mighty hotel2tango for all the GENTLE dreamers to cradle or discard… the politics of it is just love thy neighbour mostly, or heartbroken temper tantrums for grumpy refusers, or saucy anthems for all the stubborn dumbass resistance cadres maybe…(first song’s about war and drug addiction, fourth song’s about kanada, and the rest of it is all love songs trulytrulytruly…) the indignant critics amongst us should note that as usual there’s more questions than answers here, more complaints than solutions, and at times the group singing is a little out of tune; the name of the record is “horses in the sky”, and we thank you all for still listening".
The amateur choir assembled for the ‘fasola’ sing-along on the opening track sets the tone for an exuberant, community-rallying protest music that constitutes the spiritual foundation of the record. Destruction of communities (foreign and local) are lamented and eulogised in the songs that follow, culminating in the album closer: an ode to the empty railyard terrain adjacent to the neighbourhood where the band, along with many other Montreal musicians and artists, have lived for many years. This land is now being swallowed up by big box and condo development. This is Our Punk-Rock… addresses the local/universal demise of uncontrolled and unregulated urban landscapes – a demise that stretches from the docile walls of superstore complexes and protest ‘pens’ in the West to outright military surveillance, harassment and murderous ‘surgical’ strikes by Western-backed armies in South America and the Middle East. This unbroken curve is at the heart of Mt. Zion’s poetics and politics – this is their punk-rock.

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