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THEE SILVER MT. ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA - Kollaps Tradixionales (special edition)

Format: CD & book
Label & Cat.Number: Constellation Records CST063-2*
Release Year: 2010
Note: Sixth album by the main Constellation Records ensemble; lim. ed. comes with 16page artbook & poster!!
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €18.50

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Deluxe CD with a special 16-page, 7x9 perfect bound art book with found image collages by EFRIM MENUCK and filmmaker/photographer JEM COHEN with a foil-embossed cover.
THEE SILVER MT. ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA (SMZ) returns with its sixth full-length recording and first since the band's line-up change of summer 2008. Having shed three members and recruited one (drummer DAVID PAYANT) the group officially dropped the "Tra-La-La Band' from its name, played a debut performance as a newly minted quintet at All Tomorrow's Parties in upstate NY, and embarked on an extensive European tour through the fall of 2008. As Kollaps Tradixionales ably demonstrates, the band has lost none of its raw and frazzled anthemic power and continues to forge bold new ground in its search for a unique hybrid of punk, blues, psych, folk and modern orchestral idioms. Anchored by the fried electric guitar and plangent voice of band leader EFRIM MENUCK (who previously co-founded GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR) SMZ continues to slide comfortably and unforcedly towards an expansive, loose and blues-inflected balladrynot so much the inexorably riffing blues shuffle of the title track from its previous effort, 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons, but a more languid waltz-time marking an almost smoldering dynamic arc, as heard on the new album's opening track "There Is A Light" and gorgeous closer "'Piphany Rambler." [label info]