"Kollaps Tradixionales" (2010) by Thee Silver Mt. Zion

This is good. This is really, really good. Previously known as Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band, A Silver Mt. Zion, Thee Silver Mountain Reveries, and plenty of varieties of that name, the quintet from Quebec have released another beautiful record.

This is unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Silver Mt. Zion are one of the most original, inspiring bands I’ve ever heard. Is it post-rock? Kind of. Not really. Is it progressive? Kind of. Experimental? Yeah, a little. Avant-garde? A little of that, too. But the group defies any steady label, with their music style changing as often as their name does.

The first track, “There Is A Light”, runs for fifteen minutes and is absolutely wonderful. It is one of the most beautiful single tracks I’ve heard in a very long time. Efrim’s vocals, while they might not, technically, be ‘good’, they’re amazing and beautiful in this context. The whole track.. it’s just… wow. And the album doesn’t let up after this song; no track might match the brilliance of “There Is A Light”, but they all come very close.

Kollaps Tradixionales works as an album, it’s an hour worth of brilliance that has finished as soon as it starts, you get absolutely swept away in the beautiful melodies and harmonies. You really do have to listen to it as an album, however. At least the first few times anyway. It’s an album you can’t even press pause on. You become immersed. Turn it up really loud and close your eyes. It’s an experience like none other.

It’s hard for me to say it, but this latest effort by Silver Mt. Zion is even better than their last one in 2008, and probably even their best album yet. Best record of the year so far. Beautiful.

9.0
Choice tracks: There Is A Light; I Built Myself A Metal Bird; Kollaps Tradicional (Bury 3 Dynamos)

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