‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

After three genre-defining albums and a subsequent ten-year hiatus, post-rock pioneers Godspeed You! Black Emperor returned to the forefront of the music community’s attention with Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! A 53-minute instrumental affair featuring two twenty-minute long tracks, Allelujah! is difficult to parse, both as a piece of music and as a text. But repeat listens and examination of auxiliary materials yield great rewards, as Allelujah! provides an abstract reading of life in the modern age of perpetual war. On this episode of Critically Acclaimed, host Jake Ramirez and anarchist/host of the Through The Dreamhole podcast Mina Ramirez squeeze the album for answers.

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