A mere few months after the release of the phenomenal ‘Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything’, Canadian rockers Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra offer up a new EP ‘Hang On To Each Other’. The new EP takes an old recording from the 2005 album ‘Horses In The Sky’ and reworks it into something perhaps nobody would expect to hear from Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. The new ‘Hang On To Each Other’ EP features two tracks at roughly ten minutes in length, and offers us a phenomenal electronic dance music experience that is a little bit bizarre and odd, yet somehow wonderfully enjoyable and accessible.
‘Hang On To Each Other’ is unlike any previous release from Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. This time around we’re not being presented with the harsh crunching of guitars and stabs of violins, but instead we’re presented with electronic beats and percussion that wouldn’t sound out of place in any kind of night-club. It’s an interesting release from the band, who aren’t parodying the electronic dance genre for their own amusement, but instead are making their own tribute to the genre. For the most part it all work wonderfully, and comes across as some of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra’s most accessible music to date. Perhaps though the structure of the two tracks on the EP are a little bit flawed in places, as at times in both tracks, there’s an element of everything dragging on a little bit, and not really heading into any interesting direction.
Even though both tracks are rather long (which we should expect from Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra), there is still a lot to be enjoyed from the new EP. We’re being presented with a new part to Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra’s style, who show that they can tackle a great range of genres now. Each track both works well within their genre as well, both sounding like music that people could easily get involved with and dance to in any kind of setting. ‘Hang On To Each Other’ might polarize a few fans of the band, but it will still remain as one of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra’s most interesting releases in their current repertoire.
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Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra’s latest EP ‘Hang On To Each Other’ is set for release on 29th April 2014.