This is an unofficial music video that someone has edited together from US nuclear bomb test footage from the 1940-50s for the track ‘Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls’ by post-rock ensemble Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Even though there is an absence of footage of carnage or people or cities being decimated, it is horrifying to watch. The music is instrumental which builds and builds which it makes for an uneasy experience to watch, but it’s enthralling at the same time. It makes your stomach sit in your throat and conjures up the sublime feelings of dread and wonder at the same time.
Godspeed is one of my favourite bands. I spend a lot of time listening to post-rock while drawing because it isn’t too distracting and is full of emotion and grandeur. It is both meditative and captivating. Their album ‘Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven’ is up there as one of my top albums of all time, and I haven’t ever stopped listening to it at any point in the last 20 years.