Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward

Label
Constellation
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
58:11

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band - Sisters! Brothers! Small Boats Of Fire Are Falling From The Sky! 9:05 1,397
2 A Silver Mt. Zion - This Gentle Hearts Like Shot Bird's Fallen. 5:47 39,270
3 A Silver Mt. Zion - Built Then Burnt (Hurrah! Hurrah!) 5:39 49,997
4 A Silver Mt. Zion - Take These Hands and Throw Them in the River. 6:59 12,439
5 Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band - Could've moved mountains... 10:57 1,148
6 A Silver Mt. Zion - Tho You Are Gone I Still Often Walk W/You. 4:48 13,697
7 Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band - C'mon Come On (Loose an Endless Longing.) 8:04 789
8 Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band - The triumph of our tired eyes. 6:52 996

About this album

This second Silver Mt. Zion album features an expanded band, with a similarly expanded band name. The addition of cello, second violin and second guitar has allowed SMZ to develop richer, denser arrangements while preserving live ensemble playing. The opening instrumental pieces pick up where the debut left off, with found-sound loops and treatments introducing repeated melodic themes that move slowly through various counter-melodies — the greater breadth of instrumentation brings extra subtlety, complexity and harmonic range to bear on these neo-classical dirges. Guitars and vocals move to the fore on the album’s centerpiece tracks. “Take These Hands And Throw Them In The River” is an astounding juxtaposition of rhythmic thrust and ricocheting vocals, driven by a battered lyrical paranoia that conjures equal parts fear and rage. The calm after this storming piece comes by way of another vocal tune, this time fragile and near-whispered, with dual lines that alternately mask and reinforce each other. A piano and cello interlude prefaces the last side of the record, which features two guitar-driven songs, the first a blazing rock piece that builds to an exuberant distorted climax, the second as close to a pop masterpiece as this band is likely to craft, highlighted by a lovely arpeggio guitar riff and the defiant refrain “musicians are cowards”. While remaining anchored in an underlying sadness and mourning over this failed world, this album reveals an angrier, more urgent face as this unique ensemble charts ever-widening sonic and emotional terrain.

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