This morning saw the arrival of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band's new album, Horses In The Sky.
In the last half of 2004, I mentioned the band's EP Pretty Little Lightning Paw, which felt as if Silver Mt. Zion (renamed Thee Silver Mountain Reveries) were sharpening the sound that was displayed on "This Is Our Punk Rock," Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing. That album was a bit all over the place, with Efrim finally making a full length vocal showing, but with the band feeling as if they didn't quite know what to do with that yet. As an album, it showed flashes of something really fascinating, but that was often lost in the length of the pieces. The EP gave the promise that the band would capture their new, vocally based sound by focusing it into something sharp and bright, and the album Horses In The Sky is, on the first couple of spins, fulfills that promise.
The tracks are shorter, sharper, yes, but here the vocals from Efrim capture that almost pop-chorus-rhythm that was displayed in the two vocal pieces on Silver Mt. Zion's first two albums, though none of the new ones have yet matched that accusing cry 'musicians are cowards' which pinned the final piece (and album) together on Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upwards. I'm not quite sure if I like Horses In The Sky more than that album, but so far, it's proving pretty irresistible.
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