The arty radicals in the Godspeed clan have always been drawn to a kind of pretty anarchy, creating post-rock opuses that attack the social order as they challenge musical paradigms. In the past, Efrim Menuck and his Silver Mt. Zionites punctuated the Godspeed template of orchestral crashing with ragged singalongs. They go further here, using Menuck's quavering whine and group choral bursts as an anchor for fragmented 10-minute suites. Horses In The Sky offers an indictment of global politics that borrows from Foucault's Discipline And Punish to knee the state in the groin and works best when Menuck finds an emotional core for his political critique, as in the title track's death toll of fallen comrades. Since the music meanders disorientingly through string harmonics and Yiddish folk songs without enough focus, the lyrics provide a necessary core that's not always there.
Silver Mt. Zion storm the Tranzac tonight (Thursday, July 28) and Friday (July 29).