Just a few months removed from the release of Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything, Canadian experimental rockers Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra will unveil a brand new EP. Due out April 29th via Constellation Records, Hang On To Each Other features two remixes of the titular track (from 2005’s Horses In The Sky). The word “remixes” is used loosely here, though, as a press release explains: the tracks are “not remixes really, but new recordings that use the set-closing live favorite as a launching point for some rather glorious dance floor excursions, coating (the song) in glitter and shards of glass.”
As a sneak peek, the band’s unveiled the B-side, “Birds Toss Precious Flowers”, and they weren’t kidding about the whole “launching point” concept. “Birds Toss” shares only the absolute faintest strands of commonality with the original, mostly just bits of vocals and tiny melodies. While “Hang On To Each Other” was like some bizarre campfire singalong, the “remix” is a 12-minute dance floor odyssey coupled together with pitchy vocal loops, lasery synths, spurts of dub bass, and a collage of disjointed drums. If they ever remake Blade, they have the perfect soundtrack for the “blood rave” scene.
Listen in below:
Hang On To Each Other EP Tracklist:
01. Any Fucking Thing You Love
02. Birds Toss Precious Flowers
Below, read a letter from the band detailing the EP’s recording process:
It’s like that famous quote that Emma Goldman never said = “DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION”!
Somewhere around 1964 or thereabouts, we wrote a tune called “Hang On to Each Other”. Acapella mostly, with just a few chords on harmonium. Recorded the thing in the woods ’round a campfire = heady times.
The chords to that tune are like house music chords, and we figured we’d re-record it someday, thusly and EARNESTLY. 4-on-the-floor. Drum machines and arpeggiators. Pink lasers and grape-flavored smoke machines. Most important thing = No irony.
Because we love that kind of music, and impromptu dance parties too.Advertisement
Guess it took a long time to manifest, but this past x-mas we finally rustled up the necessary gear and holed up in the snow to loop thee joyful noise = 808, Oberheim Two-Voice, bright yellow toy keyboard, low pass filter, auto-wah bass guitar, wooden drone-box, squeaky tape delay, broken oscillator, string machine, distortion pedal, and violin. No guitar.
We let the machines yell at each other until they were hoarse and wheezing. With a baby in her belly, Ariel Engle of AroarA did the kind of singing that we can’t, and we are thankful. Outside of the studio, the city was frozen, and thin tendrils of fine snow whisped across the ice like dragons.
We made this thing like a for-real disco 12-inch, for to give to d.j.’s to play because we live in the kind of town where some d.j.’s maybe will. Much respect and much love to thee sweaty dancers, and the lost ones, and the ones who fell away.
– xoxoxox thee silver mt. zion memorial orchestra