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A Silver Mt. Zion

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Montreal, Canada (1999 – present)

A Silver Mt. Zion uses a number of different variations of the name on different releases with respect to line-up changes.

A Silver Mt. Zion is a band formed in 1999, in Montreal, Quebec, by Godspeed You! Black Emperor musicians Efrim Menuck, Sophie Trudeau and Thierry Amar. According to an interview with VPRO Radio in The Netherlands, originally the project was for Efrim to learn how to score music, but the idea was soon abandoned as Efrim decided that he preferred music not to be defined by rules, preferring simply what sounds best. Despite this, he continued the project out of a desire to experiment with ideas that would not work within the context of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The decision to record an album was partly inspired by the death of his dog Wanda, who had died while Godspeed You! Black Emperor was on tour. He wanted to record an album in her memory, but did not feel that he could effectively do this through Godspeed’s collective, consensus format.

Unlike Godspeed You! Black Emperor, A Silver Mt. Zion’s music often features vocals. The last few albums they have released contain no purely instrumental tracks. Efrim confessed that he was uncomfortable with this at first, feeling “foolish” and uncomfortable with the role of the singer in music generally. That is, he did not want to be the focus of the band’s music but rather wished to use vocals as a stylistic tool. Some fans were initially ambivalent about the use of vocals, but Efrim’s poetic lyrical style is now well respected among fans. Furthermore, A Silver Mt.

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  • zeph7r

    Could have moved mountains.

    23 Aug 3:32pm Reply
  • impronen

    Hang on to Each Other is really golden.

    6 Aug 8:17am Reply
  • dreamcoltrane

    I reviewed Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything as part of 2014's Best Albums So Far. Click the link to read the review: http://uneven-noise.tumblr.com/post/92765106553/2014s-best-albums-so-far-number-3-fuck-off-get-free

    28 Jul 3:12am Reply
  • solidsnake_

    Hang on to Each Other is really shitty.

    14 Jul 12:45am Reply
  • Siesta-00

    Almost everything made by ASMZ is pretty much depressing.

    8 Jul 8:19pm Reply
  • SirGhostly

    i think i'm just now realizing how brilliant and fucking depressing horses in the sky really is

    30 Jun 12:31am Reply
  • SirGhostly

    Am I the only one who would love them to do a whole electronica album? Because the Hang On To Each Other EP is fucking fantastic. I'd love to see them explore what they learnt on these two 'remixes' across a whole album of new material. [2]

    30 Jun 12:25am Reply
  • murderror

    i'm shocked that Born Into Trouble isn't more popular.

    20 Jun 2:25pm Reply
  • Lonertunes

    Best band ever...

    3 Jun 1:08am Reply
  • M83J01P97

    Am I the only one who would love them to do a whole electronica album? Because the Hang On To Each Other EP is fucking fantastic. I'd love to see them explore what they learnt on these two 'remixes' across a whole album of new material.

    25 May 10:12am Reply
  • SirGhostly

    TENTH BIRTHDAY OF PRETTY LITTLE LIGHTNING PAW IS THIS SATURDAY

    6 May 8:28pm Reply
  • FathersShout

    I agree with tsintskaro 100% They've changed a lot over the years and I think it's a shame people can't appreciate their more recent releases. I mean, the last instrumental they put out is nearly 10 years old now.

    1 May 2:49am Reply
  • Flemenga

    Hang on to each other!

    28 Apr 5:36pm Reply
  • iamalreadynaked

    Fuck Off Get Free is fantastic. [7]

    26 Apr 9:49pm Reply
  • salat-latuk

    Do they have an articulated position about not coming to Russia? That's so Radioheadic.

    26 Apr 12:01pm Reply
  • vert_jour

    http://www.last.fm/music/%D0%98%D0%B7%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%BF+%D0%98%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%B8%D1%87%D0%B0

    24 Apr 7:12am Reply
  • SirGhostly

    has the new ep leaked?

    19 Apr 4:15pm Reply
  • tsintskaro

    I understand preferences but you're talking about an album that is 14 years old and overlooking over 10 years worth of material made by a host of great musicians who have passed through the bands ranks (including Becky Foon, who left the band around 5 years ago). That's plenty of time to get used to the vocals and all the other changes the band have been through. They've made some remarkable music throughout their history. I like the first album a lot, but I don't think it's close to being their best work and as such I don't use it as the bench mark to judge all their other records. People change. Circumstances change. Bands change. It's not like they are churning out the same album over and over again, which is a good thing.

    16 Apr 11:16am Reply
  • EclipseDarkness

    tsintskaro, I don't really have a choice. It's just that songs like "Movie (Never Made)" amongst a list of instrumental pieces, seemed beautiful and surprising in an album like He Has Left Us Alone. I don't know if I'm not evolving or the band isn't. Most probably the former.

    11 Apr 8:35am Reply
  • Brett_J_Nelson

    I saw a picture of the merch table from one of the NYC shows, and they still had copies of "The West Will Rise Again" single. Anyone going to a show on this tour want to pick me up a copy? I'll cover shipping costs, too! PM me if anyone's willing to do so. Thanks.

    10 Apr 3:55pm Reply
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