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BLACK OX ORKESTAR – EVERYTHING RETURNS – ALBUM LAUNCH
Wed December 14, 2022 @ 19:00 - 22:30
Everything Returns reconvenes the original Black Ox Orkestar lineup after a 15-year hiatus. Arising from the fertile Montréal post-punk scene of the early 2000s, the band comprises Scott Gilmore, Jessica Moss and Thierry Amar of Thee Silver Mt. Zion (Amar also continues to compose and play bass for Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Gabriel Levine of Sackville. Black Ox made two acclaimed albums of roiling acoustic avant-folk in the mid-2000s, exploring Eastern European and North African folkways through the lens of a gritty, atmospheric indie rock sensibility, juxtaposing interpretations of instrumentals from various Jewish, Romani, Balkan and Arabic traditions with originals led by Gilmore’s politically-charged Yiddish vocals. These early albums have since become lodestars for many among a new generation of Yiddish, Klezmer and radical Jewish music practitioners and fans.
The new Black Ox Orkestar album picks up right where the band left off: a sublime, poetic, politically-informed statement of re-energized Jewish diasporic musical intent, where Gilmore’s voice and the band’s simmering arrangements conjure an ardent, doleful balladry that also echoes the sound and style of artists like Tindersticks, The National, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. Everything Returns is a haunting, richly textured, darkly sparkling song cycle at once from a vanished world and very much of our time and place.