Collapse Under the Empire keeps getting better with each new project. Their latest release are two tracks from their upcoming 3rd album, Shoulders and Giants, due out on October 21st on Sister Jack Records. The EP, Disclosure- The Great Silence is referred to by the band as a single release. The EP consists of two well-crafted songs in a digital A/B format.
The first song, Disclosure is from the new album. There is a heavy beat that filters in and underlays most of the song with a forceful contempt for its own sound. The music grooves along on top of the beat through several transitions. This song felt like a mix of Enigma and God is an Astronaut. The beat was closer to a chill house or trance- a primitive sounding beat that served as bedrock for the more esoteric musical score.
The second song, The Great Silence, is on the theoretical B side of the single and is not included on the new album. I’m sucker for B sides and this one is no different. It is strikingly dark yet expansive; built with loops and orchestral strings that radiate beautiful, sometimes sorrowful emotions.
The song crescendos as it expands musically until it transitions into a more angst-filled melody; the synthesizers attacking the melody with a precise percussive counterpoint. The arrangement is classic Collapse Under the Empire. The only complaint I have is the song isn’t long enough! Songs this good should be at least 12 minutes long!
If you haven’t heard Collapse Under the Empire, they have a free song download on their website and you can stream Disclosure there also. The band is selling this EP/Single with pre-orders for their new album. Here is the link to their store.
BIOGRAPHY (from website)
Chris Burda and Martin Grimm, of Hamburg, are the founders of the instrumental music project Collapse Under The Empire. They both released the first four songs for the EP Paintball in summer 2008. After that they came up with their self-produced albums, Systembreakdown (Feb. 2009) and Find A Place To Be Safe (Jan. 2010). In a short period of time, international magazines such as Q-Magazine, Rocksound, and Clash took notice of the band and proved themselves excited about the cinematic sound of their first two albums.
At the beginning of the year they were represented on the legendary Emo Diaries compilation by the US label Deep Elm, among other things. They also composed the soundtrack for the short film Sharks don’t Cry for the Sharkproject, an organization which fights at the front against the eradication of sharks.
After their psychadelic mini album The Sirens Sound, which appeared last year, and the split EP Black Moon Empire, released with the Russian band Mooncake, Collapse Under The Empire release the first part of the double album Shoulders & Giants on October 21st 2011, which in Europe will appear under the label Sister Jack/ Cargo Records. The second part, Sacrifice & Isolation, will appear one year later.
… It’s a mature piece of cinematic post-rock sound… – Q Magazine -
… Crafting electronic post-rock with a flair for the truly cinematic. – Rocksound -
… Acccomplished, virtuoso and engaging. – Clash Magazine -