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Thee Silver Mountain Reveries
Pretty Little Lightning Paw EP

If we needed any more evidence that Silver Mt. Zion are the most — if not only — indispensable voice to arise from Montréal's throng of actionists, activists, street-sweepers, weepers, deep-thinkers, and post-rockers vaguely collected under the Constellation umbrella, the Pretty Little Lightning Paw EP seems like about Exhibit D, the final, irrefutable fact that Efrim's on-the-side side-project has grown to outgrow the Godspeed! collective. It's on this disc that this little half-cook'd, half-cocked "personal" vehicle shows their greatness, with merely a between-album collection of bits-and-pieces — originally culled together to sell as a tour souvenir — standing statuesque with its immense artistry. Even when they're supposedly offering discographical filler, Silver Mt. Zion are all killer. Razing back the rock moniker (they were the Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band With Choir last time around) to the more manageable, if discographically devious, Thee Silver Mountain Reveries, the four-song, half-hour long set finds Efrim communing with his ASMZ/GY!BE cohorts Thierry and Sophie on a set of staggering, epic songs. With desolate passages of drone punctuated by discordant bursts of distorted violin or duked-out thumpings of pounded piano, these are less tiniest worried symphonies and more howls of humanity, in which roused caterwauling, feedback guitar, and buzzing violins stir up sounds to match restless souls. Rather than courting the non-threatening "beautiful sounds" favored by the post-rock stragglers, the Pretty Little Lightning Paw EP proudly staggers through amazingly dissonant sounds. This isn't mood music; it's agitated, tortured sound born from dissatisfactions with the ways of the world in the ought-four. With their lusty choruses and rousing sentiments, the four pieces occasionally feel like protest songs sung by choirs of forgotten ghosts, these protest-songs the spirited chants of the spiritually bound, and not the complaining acoustic-guitar numbers in which one voice speaks for many. On opening, a girl known only as Aimee guests as Miranda-July-esque carnival barker, calling into being a committee meeting commencing with a song called "More Action! Less Tears!", these sentiments setting the stage for an outing that forsakes moodily mourning to inflame the smoldering ires of discontent.

by Anthony Carew

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