Song of the Day: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – “Sleep”

Liz Fox Recalls: Godspeed has often been lumped in with a plethora of go-tos for self-important hipsters, but a load of merit lies behind the senseless name-dropping. The band, which treats itself as a collective instead of a permanent outfit, initially created waves with acclaimed releases on Montreal’s Constellation Records, only to put the project on indefinite hiatus by the mid-2000s. But they garnered a huge cult following in their absence, and this seemingly propelled them to get back in the studio and release albums in 2012 and early 2015.

“Sleep” is a movement found on the second half of 2000’s Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven, which is considered a pivotal document in the post-rock genre that best encapsulates Godspeed’s capabilities as experimentalists. Beginning with a well-placed sample by old-timer Murray Ostril, the track builds into an ominous combination of haunting cellos and feedback capable of shaking even the stoniest of listeners.

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