Someone Told Me Life Gets Easier In Your 50s
· Godspeed You Black Emperor gets a chance to let loose.
Aidan Girt, the drummer for Godspeed You Black Emperor, is a lot like the Ritalin kid in the back of the classroom, quietly vibrating with internal energy, looking for a chance to go nuts. With Someone Told Me Life Gets Easier In Your 50s, his second release under the 1-Speed Bike moniker, Girt gets it going as fast-paced beats and electronic samples collide. While a few of the tracks feature bravado-style voiceovers with political overtones (think The Daily Show as scored by Negativland), the majority are instrumentals that match chaotic drums over whimsical samples buried under layers of distortion and reverb.
On first listen things sound like a dub album put through the blender, chock full of mistakes and errors, glaringly painful to listen to until you realize that these are the pop hooks and you begin to look forward to them each time around. This is an album that makes me want to make electronic music, full of cheeky energy, like the time you draped your parents garage in aluminum foil and hung the Christmas lights and mirrorballs from the ceiling so that you could throw the first rave in your neighbourhood. All of your junior high friends turned up and took turns as DJs to show off the songs they cut and pasted together that very afternoon and everybody danced and laughed to songs like "Will Death Stop Lenny Kravitzs Ego?" or admired the daring wit of lines like "Im a truthseeker, like motherfucking Tony Blair" in "Theres an oil tanker named Condoleeza Rice" or the bravado of the rambling utterings in the "Klootzak Keizer Intro."