>> wails and violins – a silver mount zion orchestra @ scala
Posted by The Wardrobe Planner on April 9, 2008
This above is meant for their music to speak for itself. Watch the video before you read the post.
There isn’t much my words can add anyway. The story is: we saw them at the ATP festival last year (‘we’ includes, among others, my friends smog and Maud), admittedly we had no idea who they were, but that shows how much their music conveyed to all of us. Because in the space of a single appearance we were all hooked up, and have since been dedicated fans. So no doubt we were back to see them this week, when they played a couple of nights at London’s Scala.
They only played a handful of sets, but for them it means almost two full hours – with a second encore (Hang On To Each Other) almost a cappella, just because fans would not have it, and we clapped them back onto the stage even though the plugs had already been pulled off.
They played mostly pieces from their latest album, 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons, some of which had been ‘rehearsed’ for so long that they’d already been played live at ATP last year, like the opener 1,000,000 Died To Make This Sound, which we immediately recognised even after all this time.
Now I could try and tell you more about the rest of the concert. I could try and explain about the waves, the wails, the strings and the stream. But you just wouldn’t get it. Just get a couple of their albums (Rough Trade East usually stock them) and follow my advice: go see them live at the earliest occasion.
(If you want to know more, and in better words than mine, have a look at the Constellation Records website. And while you’re at it, note how CR also produce Do Make Say Think. Check them out too, and you’ll be in for a double surprise)