Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

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Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
WU LYF Go Tell Fire to the Mountain.jpg
Studio album by WU LYF
Released 13 June 2011 (2011-06-13)
Recorded Winter 2010
Studio St Peter's Church in Ancoats, Manchester, England
Genre Indie rock
Length 47:09
Language English
Label LYF Recordings
Producer WU LYF
Singles from Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
  1. "Concrete Gold" / "Heavy Pop"
    Released: 31 May 2010
  2. "Dirt"
    Released: June 2011 (promo only)
  3. "We Bros"
    Released: 20 September 2011

Go Tell Fire to the Mountain is the debut album by English band WU LYF, released on 13 June 2011. The album was released to high anticipation and the backing of NME,[1] Stereogum[2] and Pitchfork Media.[3]

Recording[edit]

The band had the concept for Go Tell Fire to the Mountain long before the recording process took place. Roberts states that it was written "in a narrative sense and [was approached] as a complete work rather than a bunch of songs thrown together."[4] When searching for a place to record, the group was dissatisfied with the sound they were getting from traditional studios, leading them to settle on Saint Peter's, an old abandoned church in Ancoats, Greater Manchester. The amount of open airspace in the church allowed for a healthy dose of reverb, which is a critical part of the album's larger than life sound.[3] Despite the media's insistence of the location's relevance to the religious theme of the band, Roberts denies it. Although the church altered the "vibe of the songs", the band asserts that Saint Peter's church sonically fit the album's needs.[4]

Singles[edit]

"Heavy Pop" and "Concrete Gold" were released as a double A-side single prior to the album on 31 May 2010. "Dirt" was released as a radio-only promo CD in support of the album's release in June 2011. "We Bros" was released as a single from the album on 20 September 2011.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[7]
The Independent 4/5 stars[8]
NME 8/10 stars[9]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[10]
No Ripcord 6/10 stars[11]
Drowned in Sound 5/10 stars[12]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10)[13]
One Thirty BPM (91%)[14]
Faux Magazine 9/10 stars[15]
MusicOMH.com 5/5 stars[16]
TMR 9/10 stars[17]

The album received a number of positive reviews from publications including NME, Pitchfork Media, and The Guardian.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by WU LYF.

No. Title Length
1. "L Y F" 4:31
2. "Cave Song" 3:49
3. "Such a Sad Puppy Dog" 5:32
4. "Summas Bliss" 4:01
5. "We Bros" 6:27
6. "Spitting Blood" 3:48
7. "Dirt" 3:19
8. "Concrete Gold" 5:35
9. "14 Crowns for Me & Your Friends" 4:42
10. "Heavy Pop" 5:35

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilkinson, Matt (2010-05-12), Radar Band Of The Week - No 5: Wu Lyf, NME 
  2. ^ Suarez, Jessica (2010-05-27), Band To Watch: WU LYF (World Unite/Lucifer Youth Foundation), Stereogum 
  3. ^ a b Fitzmaurice, Larry (2011-06-01), New Release: WU LYF: Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, Pitchfork Media ,
  4. ^ a b Newman, Jason (2011-07-27), WU LYF Explain The Band Behind The Myth, MTV 
  5. ^ We Bros - Single by WU LYF on iTunes, iTunes 
  6. ^ O'Brien, Jon. Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain at AllMusic
  7. ^ Downer, Adam (2011-06-11), WU LYF: Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, Sputnikmusic 
  8. ^ Price, Simon (2011-06-12), Album: Wu Lyf, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain (LYF), The Independent 
  9. ^ Haynes, Gavin (2011-06-14), Album Review: Wu Lyf - 'Go Tell Fire To The Mountain', NME 
  10. ^ Simpson, Dave (2011-06-10), Wu Lyf: Go Tell Fire to the Mountain – review, The Guardian 
  11. ^ Wragg, Stephen (2011-06-20), WU LYF: Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, No Rip Cord 
  12. ^ Catling, Simon Jay (2011-07-05), Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, Drowned in Sound 
  13. ^ Cohen, Ian (2011-06-23), Album Review: WU LYF: Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, Pitchfork Media ,
  14. ^ Ryan, Will (2011-07-05), Album Review: Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, One Thirty BPM 
  15. ^ Review // Wu-lyf – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain, Faux Magazine, 2011-06-16 
  16. ^ Burgess, Andrew (2011-06-13), WU LYF: Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, MusicOMH, archived from the original on 2011-06-23 
  17. ^ Review #61: Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain, TMR - The Music Review, 2011-08-03