For the first time in ten years, there is a new album by Godspeed You Black Emperor. This is a pretty big deal. Godspeed largely changed the way I listened to music, moving my horizons beyond 4-minute alt-rock pop songs. (which is a simplification of my tastes at the time, but we’ll let it go for the sake of brevity) Listening to Godspeed lead me to Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Do Make Say Think, Mono, and others, but there’s only one Godspeed You Black Emperor.
Mladic isn’t entirely new – they were playing it on their tour last year – but it’s an amazing start to the new album, Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!