He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms...

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He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms…
Studio album by A Silver Mt. Zion
Released March 13, 2000 (Europe)
March 27, 2000 (world)
Recorded November 1999 at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Genre Post-rock, chamber, minimalist, neo-classical
Length 47:11
Label Constellation
Producer Efrim Menuck
Thierry Amar
A Silver Mt. Zion chronology
He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms…
Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Fluffhouse Music Reviews 9/10 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (9.0/10.0)[3]

He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms… is the debut album of Canadian post-rock group A Silver Mt. Zion, who now record under the name Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. The album was recorded by guitarist Efrim Menuck and bassist Thierry Amar at the Hotel2Tango in 1999, mostly during breaks while touring with Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It was published by the Montreal-based record label Constellation on March 27, 2000.

The album was born out of a desire by Efrim Menuck to record something for his dog Wanda, who died of cancer while Godspeed You! Black Emperor were on tour.[4] Menuck described the recording of the album as a "Jewish experience", due to his immersion within a small, friend-based Jewish community in Montreal.[4] Indeed, Menuck also stated that, as a result of the community, the album title and songs have a sense of Judaism, although the band tried to not make it conspicuous.[4] There is some Jewish imagery in the lyrics to the track "Movie (Never Made)",[5] but their exact meaning remains cryptic.

The album was initially to be named He Has Left Us Alone, but it was decided that this was too weak, and didn't convey the proper mood. Menuck professed that he was confused with the idea that songs or album titles should only be a few words in length and be perfectly clear.[4] Instead, Menuck believes that things of that nature can be described with many words, giving sensibility and a "frame" to the work.[4]

On the original vinyl release, the songs were arranged into two tracks; on CD releases, the songs were indexed into four parts each, resulting in eight tracks. The sleeve artwork lists inaccurate track times, all rounded to even minutes.

The track 13 Angels Standing Guard 'round the Side of Your Bed was featured in Harmony Korine's movie Mister Lonely.

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl edition[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Lonely as the Sound of Lying on the Ground of an Airplane Going Down" 23:16
Side two
No. Title Length
2. "The World Is SickSICK; (So Kiss Me Quick)!" 23:52

CD edition[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Broken Chords Can Sing a Little" 8:40
2. "Sit in the Middle of Three Galloping Dogs" 5:08
3. "Stumble Then Rise on Some Awkward Morning" 6:05
4. "Movie (Never Made)" 3:23
5. "13 Angels Standing Guard 'round the Side of Your Bed" 7:22
6. "Long March Rocket or Doomed Airliner" 0:05
7. "Blown-Out Joy from Heaven's Mercied Hole" 9:47
8. "For Wanda" 6:38


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  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Fluffhouse Music Reviews review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ a b c d e A Silver Mt. Zion (2001). "A Silver Mt. Zion at VPRO Studio (2001-01-26)". Live Music Archive. Internet Archive. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  5. ^ The band's lyrics source: http://www.tra-la-la-band.com/lyrics/movienevermade3.html

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