Talk about a mouthful. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra isn't one of those band names you'll find fans readily chanting at shows. (Do they shorten it to Mt. Zion? Thee Silver? TSMZMO?) But apparently brevity isn't something terribly important to Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. The band's sixth full-length album "Kollaps Tradixionales" only lists seven songs on the tracklisting but each track seems to be a song within a song within a song. For Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, "Kollaps Tradixionales" is all about the ride and the adventure it takes you on.
For the majority of "Kollaps Tradixionales," it is a ride you can simply sit back for, close your eyes and enjoy. The band takes lengthy sojourns that start quietly before swelling, their momentum building, with buzzing orchestral instrumentation that lays itself at your feet. Take, for example, the slow, rich and dramatic sounds of "Kollaps Tradicional (Bury 3 Dynamos)" or the somber and drawn out "Kollapz Tradixional Thee Olde Dirty Flag." But it's the opening track, "There Is A Light," that really does it all, foreshadowing the entire album in a fifteen minute long track.
"Kollaps Tradixionales" is an album. It is a single entity. These tracks will break down and be enjoyable on their own but their true strength is when they're played together as a collection. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra have constructed a specific road trip for the listener. Take one of those stops out of the itinerary and it's just not the same.