the silver mt. zion‘s latest release, kollaps tradixionales, stands out for its unmistakable symmetry spread over 4 lp sides. sides 1 and 4 begin and end the record with the ebb and flow of long, winding movements reaching deep into their familiar repertoire of mournful strings, tensely depressed piano keys, and cries of desperation by orchestra leader efrim menuck. side 2 builds upon their more recent obsession with punk and rock with a more crushing brutality delivered in two parts, both inseparable components of the live favorite “metal bird”. in contrast, side 3 turns on itself with some degree of introspection by exploring the album’s title and theme in a 3 part concerto. at the heart of it is “collapse traditional (for darling)”, a work of stunning brevity that captures a rare instance the band lets down its guard by casting aside its ideology and ethos and laying bear a soul still brimming with childlike wonder. it’s a moment to savor, even if it goes by as quickly as it came. – dan.
kollaps tradixionales is now out on constellation.