Zanston.es - Donostiako Zuloak
(R.o.N.F. Records RNF-020)
Recorded in Spain for use in a live performance this recording by Zanstones is an interesting mix of processed field recordings. The out of place familiarity of much of the sounds gives the piece a deliciously uncomfortable surrealism which is spoiled somewhat by the overuse of the rumbling, rolling noise drone that underpins vast swathes of the cd. I can't help but feel that the recording would have benefited massively from allowing the field recordings to dictate the piece rather than the less interesting and muddily recorded rumble. Listenable but flawed.
Zanzibar Snails - Caveat Emperor
Sometimes late at night when I'm lying in bed and the lights are off and the house is silent. When all I can hear is the slow steady breathing of Siouxsie sleeping next to me and the vaguely disembodied voice of the television of the insomniac old lady who lives next door there're moments when I almost revert to my childhood fears of the creature that comes in the night. The fear that led me to spend much of my childhood in the belief that every part of me but my head must be kept under the covers because then the creature couldn't get me cause they couldn't attack heads. That disembodied menace, that impersonal horror, that inexplicable dread is laced throughout this album.
Menace! Cold, hard, unpleasant, cacophonic malevolence. Fucking wonderful!
Z'ev - Live in Athens
I'm assuming if your here and reading this I don't have to explain to you who Z'ev is but for those three of you who don't Z'ev is one of the principle individuals in the development of industrial music, post-industrial music, noise music, etc with a career spanning some 30 odd years. His unique take on percussion using material derived from industrial sources predates both Einsturzende Neubauten and Test Department.
This CDR on Greek label Agxivatien documents a live show in Athens (you'd never have guessed from the title would you) on 8th of October 2010. The music is a thick and weighty morass of sound produced, one would assume purely through percussive manipulation but I have no information to confirm or deny that. The density of his music means that it is quickly absorbed into the immediate sonic environment. Each time I played it I found myself drifting in and out of the album, losing myself in different places each time. Which is definitely a recommendation
Zoat.Aon - Star Autopsy
(Aural Hypnox AH04)
Zoat.Aon is primarily the work of Jaakko Vanhala (assisted by Henkka Kyllonen on piano and Antti Litmanen on thighbone trumpet and singing bowls) although what sound sources he uses is unclear. This is an altogether more jittery experience than that of his label mates (see Aeoga and Halo Manash). The, label's, trademark drones are here but they're shorter and more dynamic overlaid with gurgles, clangs, crunches, wooshes and chitters. Over the course of the 9 tracks on offer here Vanhala never allows the music to become complacent or predictable instead it is constantly in motion and constantly intriguing. Psychedelic and hallucinatory Zoat.Aon has produced an album that is compulsive listening.
Zov Zov - Untitled
The rather gloriously named Zov Zov are a duo consisting of Oliver Ho and Tommy Gillard who have excellent taste in the paper they've used to make their cd sleeve (it's very tactile). They also make some rather nice sounds by creating rolling constructions of guitar, saxophone and electronic noodling. I must admit I was expecting this album to be all doom and gloom with extra helpings of misery but I was very wrong. Zov Zov aremore interesting and more cosmic than that. There is a quiet psychedelia here. Ho and Gillard happily vary the ambience through out mixing and matching sounds and moods with aplomb.