Thursday Buck 65‘s “463” single and A Silver Mt. Zion’s (The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band) Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward album came into my possession.
The Buck 65 single contains mostly songs I’ve already heard. “463”, in remix and album forms, is on the disc, as are “Eldorado” (a song released to B.A.M. this month), “Out of Focus” (the new song) and “Phil” (live). “Out of Focus” is a decent track, but doesn’t strike me as one of Buck 65’s best songs lyrically. It’s a good single, but you’d be better off saving your change and putting out the money for the full Talkin’ Honky Blues album, as this single’s really only for completists and those of you who haven’t yet heard Buck 65’s brilliance.
Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward is beautifully packaged in the standard paper sleeve of A Silver Mt. Zion’s releases. The texture of this packaging alone speaks of the uniqueness of this project. The front cover is a textless, red scaled image of a black bird of a wire and the reverse shows a drawn black bird carrying a sing stating “Please Believe.” away from a large electrical tower. On the inside is an image of a man performing mouth-to-mouth on another man. In the right sleeve is the CD, which features a purple scaled, bound child. In the left sleeve was a piece titled “On The Failure of One Small Community In Achieving Its Own Ill-defined Dreams and/or Goals…” printed on long paper, telling of the failures and modern decay we live with.
The music itself is beautiful, haunting and somehow dangerous (in the sense music like this needs to be). Sweeping and soaring, crashing and rusting orchestrations abound on this album, forming moving pieces that call up many emotions. The vocal utterances, especially those of “Built Then Burnt (Hurrah! Hurrah!)”, were striking and beautifully crafted poetry. Even Efrim’s out of tune vocals are beautiful in their imperfect state when coupled with absolutely beautiful instrumentation.
If you are searching for beauty, filled with truth and troubles, this is an album you will treasure. It’s a haunting and very
relevant story of our times, that I sincerely believe needs to be heard by everyone. Here’s another recording to bless you, so seek it out when you can.
On the Arts & Crafts message board Deidre of Valley of the Giants posted the lyrics to her song “Westworld”. I’d been having some trouble making them out and writing down the lyrics myself, so it was definitely nice to see the official lyrics. Valley of the Giants are a wonderful band, so be sure to check them out. I can never stress how much they have impressed me. The lyrics:
As a chance to expand
Rode the colour-coded tram to the west world
Should I wander should I wait
If the stagecoach is late in the west world
Is there really no one except for me
And the powers that be
Are holding out on you and me
My enemy may be the last I see
Blurring out of focus
“central system psychosis”
In the west world
All the walls hear you sigh
See the portraits moving eyes in the west world