A casual perusal of the liner notes reveals that the lads are pretty hacked off.
As in, like, primal alienation.
No. After all, what're these boyz after? Easy to deconstruct; not so easy to reconstruct.
But, I'm thinking, So what?
We're in Postmodern Times, right? Anyone who can sustain a cogent narrative has the right to do so.
Musically, they're plowing new territory: legato, strings-based, neo-romanticism, pretty gorgeously rendered, despite its declamatorily in-your-face vibe.
Can all this ravishment be parlayed into some kind of politically coherent statement?
But isn't that beside the point?
Isn't the musical disclosure enough?
But, perhaps, it's all we've got.
Perhaps A Silver Mt. Zion is a musical amalgam out of which will arise, will surface, a new aesthetic, a new politics, a new morality.
But don't count on it.
Nevertheless, alienation on the half-shell has never been soooo attractive.
I'm a fan, if not one won over by their nihilistic cheer.