May 4, 2015 – 4:16 am

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Amsterdam 2015 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; April 30, 2015. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Caroline Sullivan (theguardian.com) - when Canadian post-rock group Godspeed You! played in London in April 2015:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor return to London with what is, for them, a hit album. Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress reached number 37 in the UK top 40, perhaps sent there by not just the devoted but initiates attracted by Godspeed’s status as the outliers of post-rock. The full album is played tonight as the second half of their set, all fiddle-led desolation and ragged glory. [Disc Two for the Paradiso show.]

The four-song suite, which the band were playing live well before they got around to recording it, was originally dubbed Behemoth by fans. And a behemoth it is: ponderous and oceanic, locking into repetitive grooves then punching its way out, it has the precision of a classical piece and the force of heavy metal. It makes demands on the audience; there’s no disappearing to the bar allowed – though some do, probably for a respite. But everyone else stays fixed to the spot, heads nodding…

To get this party started, the eight members drift into view at their leisure, and chime in one by one, until all are locked into Hope Drone… If ever there was music that could be the soundtrack to an imaginary movie, it’s this, the sheer scale of it attesting to Godspeed’s audacity.

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Thanks to ruud_a for sharing the show at Dime.

Picture by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns, posted at theguardian.com - Thanks!

Olympus LS-5 (internal mics, Linear PCM 48 kHz/24 bit) > Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (slight equalization; down-sampling) > xAct (conversion to FLAC)

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Disc 1
Track 101. Hope Drone 11:36 (19.5MB)
Track 102. Untitled 14:20 (24.1MB)
Track 103. Mladic 18:55 (31.8MB)
Track 104. Untitled 20:29 (34.4MB)
66 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Rockets Falls On Rocket Falls * 17:59 (30.2MB)
Track 202. Peasantry Or ‘Light! Insight Of Light!’ * 12:46 (21.5MB)
Track 203. Lambs’ Breath/Asunder, Sweet * 6:13 (10.4MB)
Track 204. Piss Crowns Are Trebled * 20:41 (34.8MB)
58 mins

* From Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress

David Bryant - guitar, tapes
Efrim Menuck - guitar, tape loops, keyboards
Mike Moya - guitar
Sophie Trudeau - violin
Thierry Amar - double bass, bass
Mauro Pezzente - bass
Aidan Girt - drums, percussion
Tim Herzog - drums, percussion

Click here to order Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, Godspeed You’s fifth studio album, released on March 31, 2015.

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  1. 3 Responses to “GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR - AMSTERDAM 2015”

  2. Beautiful post, Big O ! Merci ! :-)

    By eponymus on May 4, 2015

  3. Aaah, so wonderful to hear!

    My vote is for much of this kind of music.

    Explosions in the Sky? Mogwai? The Dirty Three? Sigur Ros? Do Make Say Think?

    By skyintheairwaves on May 4, 2015

  4. Thanks for posting this!

    By BiF on May 7, 2015

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